The rapid development of the Internet as a source of information and as a means of communication has caused courts and legislatures to scramble to integrate old legal structures into a new framework. The characteristic of near-instantaneous access to millions of subscribers of various Internet service providers (ISPs) has attracted the attention of commercial advertisers, especially those seeking mass audiences. The Internet has also fostered the proliferation of electronic mail (e-mail) as a means of communication. Further, it has attracted the attention of Congress, where there are currently three bills pending which would restrict or prohibit unsolicited e-mail advertising. The Federal Trade Commission also recently directed representatives of the computer industry, marketing companies and privacy advocates to formulate a voluntary method of dealing with the increasing volume of these advertising messages.
Steven E. Bennett,
Canning Spam: CompuServe, Inc. v. Cyber Promotions, Inc.,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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