|Received:||4/14/2004 1:37:28 AM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
A national "do not email registry would put many legitimate businesses in our country out of business while doing nothing can the real perputrators of spam. Many people who complain of spam now willingly subscribe to ezines with commercial advertisments that clearly carry information on how to be deleted from the list. They know in advance that the ezine carries advertisments. Punish them for yelling "faul". They don't have to subscribe and can easily get unsubscribed.. PS I am not sure the checked answers to your questioneer are the best answers as I think the act itself in unnecessary and will result in more harm than good. Most ezines that carry advertisements are double opt in. The complaining subscriber has no reason to complain. Many of the complainers spend time completing forms asking for information or help in their business. If they complete the forms and complain, hold them liable. They cost legitimate businesses a great deal of time and money. Again, all they have to do is ask to be removed. If a business receives a request for removal and does not do so within a reasonable time (10 days or whatever), they could be considered spamming. But the complainer should be required to prove their request was made and was not carried our in a reasonable time. Most of the real spamming comes from countries who have no laws supressing spam. This is one of the basic reasons this legislation will do nothing to alleviate the problem, but actually put many legetimate businesses out of business. As a matter of fact, some of the spammers have already used the law to libel and black mail legitimate businesses. Implementing this law will do no good and be detramental to our country's many legitmate businsses. This problem will soon solve itself so there is no need for this law. New technology was recently released for public use that will soon put advertising in ezines basically out of business. Webcasting technology is spreading like wildfire. Once a person uses our webcasting service, they love it. Webcating will be where businesses do their actual selling. While it is true some web casting technology is cumbersome and expensive, our system is simple to use with no special equipment or downloads necessary and is not expensive. It is user friendly and is in the process of capitvating the world. Why punish legitimate businesses with a law that simply will not work when the problem will take care of itself within the next year or two. The only reason the spammers stay in business is that somone pays them. IF you really want to go after someone and stop spam, go after the companies that pay them to spam. In orter words, follow the money trail and you find the real culprits. PS My answers to your questioneers may not be best. The legislation itself is unecessary and will do more harm than good.