Friday, September 12, 2008

Virginia Spam Law Struck Down

Virginia internet users sick of email spam may be depressed today. Apparently, Virginia's tough spam law goes a bit too far. That is, it is a bit too broad in outlawing spam. Why is that? The Virginia statute bans anonymous emails and that, according to the Virginia Supreme Court, is an unlawful restriction on First Amendment rights.

What constitutes lawful commercial email as opposed to spam is a fine line. Anyone conducting mass commercial email solicitations must have an experienced internet lawyer review their campaigns. I have been noticing an increase in jail time and penalties for those convicted of spamming. Judges are starting to regard spam as a more serious offense.

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