Legal Threat Looms Over Spammers
eWeek Labs' recent special report on spam examined a number of ways to at least slow the flood of spam, including blacklists and filtering software.eWeek Labs recent special report on spam examined a number of ways to at least slow the flood of spam, including blacklists and filtering software. A new service from Habeas offers another way: haiku. What? Youre wondering how a 17-syllable poem can stop spam? It all has to do with copyrights and trademarks. The Habeas Sender Warranted Email service trademarks and copyrights a unique set of linesincluding the haiku in questionembedded in the headers of outgoing mail. The service is the brainchild of attorney and Habeas CEO Anne Mitchell, former legal affairs director for the Mail Abuse Prevention System, who last week spoke with our very own Spencer F. Katt.
Companies subscribing to the servicefor $200 per yearmodify their e-mail software to add the additional text to the header. Companies using the Habeas service can set up software to filter mail without the header, and spammers who improperly use the Habeas "warrant mark" can be prosecuted under trademark and copyright law. The service is free to individuals and ISPs.