DMA supports FTC in CAN-SPAM enforcement

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New York—The Direct Marketing Association this week said it supports the Federal Trade Commission's continued enforcement of the CAN-SPAM Act. That comment comes in the wake of the FTC's charge that a network of corporations and individuals violated the law by sending hundreds of thousands of sexually explicit e-mails through an affiliate marketing program. Those companies and people are: Global Net Solutions, based in Las Vegas; Global Net Ventures, London; Wedlake Ltd, allegedly based in Riga, Latvia; Open Space Enterprises, Las Vegas; Southlake Group, Las Vegas; WTFRC Inc., doing business as Reflected Networks, Las Vegas; Dustin Hamilton; Tobin Banks; Gregory Hamilton; Philip Doroff; and Paul Rose. The defendants failed to include the words "Sexually Explicit" in the e-mails' subject lines, and the e-mails were not labeled as advertisements. They also did not provide an opt-out notice.

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