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What are the legal implications of spam?

Discussion in 'Business & Tax Advice' started by darkface, Feb 14, 2010.

  1. darkface

    darkface Senior Member

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    Hey Guys,

    I would like to check something, we all now about the spam laws and everything and as far as I know noone rly gets into the shits as long as they don't turn over the rly big $$$.

    But I am curious. Let's say a friend advertises a giftcard for woolworth and spams something like: "I rly get a giftcard at xxxx i am so excited i only entered my email address and its shipped in one week." and he spams it in a chat or a forum. What if he turns over around $150 per hour with that.

    What would be the worst case legal scenario that could happen?

    Thanks for your help and advice guys
     
  2. jonnyquest

    jonnyquest Regular Member

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    Feds sue your ass and then you go to jail ... :eek:Bubba makes you his bitch until you are sold for a few packs of Camel's to the the ladyboys. They will stop calling you Sweet Cheeks after a few months ... get the point per se:cool:
     
  3. raidel21

    raidel21 Regular Member

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    It's not as much by how much money you make...
    but by the amount of emails sent daily. (1mill a day makes you a target)
     
  4. SpiritOfRock

    SpiritOfRock Newbie

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    I imagine that if you spammed off of a remote server in a third world country, they would have quite some difficulty finding you. Bonus points if you live in that third world country, as they might not have internet laws and will have trouble prosecuting you.

    As far as the legal implications go, I know that selling E-mail addresses can land you in really deep shit. I would imagine that sending an E-mail to anyone who did not sign up to a mailing list from you with the purpose of getting money from them could be considered spam under the court of law.

    If you want further detail from someone who knows what they're talking about, I'd suggest ask http://askalawyer.com/http://askalawyer.com/.
     
  5. raidel21

    raidel21 Regular Member

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    Are you spamming to make money?
    Then how hard is it for them to track your affiliate company ,
    or track your payments?

    Not hard..gotta think a little before thinking you are invincible.
     
  6. darkface

    darkface Senior Member

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    Well it wasn't me who spammed so I don't need to worry I just woundered about it. He wasn't spamming email adresses though but a forum, like posting that message into threats, nowhere close to a million either, more like a couple of accounts and spamming around 40 messages per account so maybe 500 spam comments on a day
     
  7. Myxer

    Myxer Newbie

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    is there any law against breaking forum TOS? I think its only forum rules that you are breaking. I have no idea if you can get sued or no :).

    But one thing I dont understand, if it is illegal to spam my email, why it is LEGAL to spam my HOUSE? I get literally like 20 junk mails/fliers/"special deals"/new pizza shop/etc a day. I did not sign up for them or anything, they just keep sending them lol.
     
  8. darkface

    darkface Senior Member

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    I asked myself the same question before Myxer xD. Well lets assume it would be Myspace (which its not). I know myspace suit some guy for hundrets of millions of $ (just read that). Let's assume he'd spam myspace groups with 500 comments a day with 10 accounts. Woudl he rly get into trouble? Wouldn't myspace have enough to do to chase up the big cases?
     
  9. Remington

    Remington Regular Member

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    That's legal AFAIK - forum TOS is not the law - but some prick admin may sue if he blasts 'em enough.