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Spam, you're it

November 23, 2010
The increasing proliferation of e-mail spam, often pornographic in nature, can be difficult to overcome. An attorney for the Federal Trade Commission suggested the FTC could pursue the originator of unwanted e-mails, but many regulations for the Internet are new and lack the teeth of comparable statutes for, say, solicitations via fax. But David Maher, an attorney with Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, offered a simple approach to deal with e-mail spam: Just delete it. Such e-mails routinely include a return address at the end of the message that implies the recipient can "unsubscribe" to any future correspondence. But Maher said that action often does little more than indicate to the sender that the message was read and responded to. The usual result, said Maher, is more future spam.