From: Kragen Sitaker (email@example.com)
Date: Thu Oct 19 2000 - 20:52:17 PDT
Harris Interactive is a polling company; they are documented to
egregiously violate follow basic courtesy practices when adding people
to their polling mailing lists. They allow people to be added to the
lists anonymously via a bunch of web sites, but removing yourself from
the list requires sending non-anonymous email.
Naturally, many ISPs don't want to receive mail from such people; while
it falls short of criminal spamming, it is far short of standard
industry practices. So MAPS added Harris Interactive to the RBL, which
is a list of IP-address ranges that fail to observe basic courtesy
email practices, published for the convenience of ISPs that don't want
to receive such email.
Harris sued MAPS and a long list of ISPs that used MAPS.
Last month, MAPS issued a press release explaining that Harris has
dropped the suit; that Harris remains on the RBL; and that, of the ISPs
listed as defendants, only Hotmail has capitulated.
I read about this on Slashdot today.
This gives me a warm feeling. The Internet is safe for another day.
-- <firstname.lastname@example.org> Kragen Sitaker <http://www.pobox.com/~kragen/> Perilous to all of us are the devices of an art deeper than we ourselves possess. -- Gandalf the Grey [J.R.R. Tolkien, "Lord of the Rings"]
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