Spammers abated

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America Online won a victory March 11 against Springdale Publications, which it reported as one of the Top 10 Most Wanted Spammers on the Net. The Glendale, Calif., publisher agreed to permanently end its practice of sending junk e-mail to AOL members. AOL said that Springdale had agreed to pay an undisclosed amount of money to avoid being sued by AOL.

In another victory against spam, Bigfoot Partners, a free e-mail provider, announced that it won an injunction against Sanford Wallace and CyberPromotions. In response to a lawsuit filed on Oct. 6, 1997, in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Mr. Wallace and CyberPromotions have agreed to an injunction blocking them from sending or helping their customers send unsolicited e-mail to any customers of Bigfoot's e-mail services or those services provided by Bigfoot to its partners. In the suit, Bigfoot accused CyberPromotions of repeatedly using Bigfoot addresses for their unsolicited e-mail campaigns.

California legislators also are lashing out against spam. State Assemblymen Gary Miller and Jim Cunneen introduced a bill to protect consumers from unsolicited e-mail. The bill would give Internet service providers the power to control spam as they see fit to protect their property and their customers. ISPs would be given a civil cause of action against unsolicited commercial e-mailers.

Copyright March 1998, Crain Communications Inc.

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