Friday, September 19, 2003

The UK has made spam a criminal offence to try to stop the flood of unsolicited messages.
Under the new law, spammers could be fined £5,000 in a magistrates court or an unlimited penalty from a jury.

But they would not be sent to jail, according to the new measures introduced by Communications Minister Stephen Timms

Nice try, but I can't imagine that a $7,500 fine will mean much to a spammer making hundreds of thousands of dollars doing what he does. Especially since he's probably hosting his site overseas, making it difficult, if not impossible, to prosecute him. Jail time and maybe knee-capping might be more effective. Also, and this is just idiotic, it'll still be legal to send spam to biz email addys. How in the world does that make any sense? Are there pro-spam lobbyists in Parliment?


Italy does better with a fine of 90,000 Euros (which is just over $100,000) and a maximum of three years in jail. Spending time with someone who successfully used one of their penis enlargement programs might change a spammer's mind about their chosen vocation.

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