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RE: Court challenge to AOL junk-mail blocks



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Declan, in reply to questions about Cyber Promo's statue re: AOL wisely wrote:

	>>No. A customer buys service from AOL and in doing so signs a contract
	>>with the company. AOL and the customer each has certain rights and
	>>obligations spelled out in the contract.
	>>
	>>I confess I don't know if AOL's contract allows them to block spam. But
	>>in any case, spammers are not customers.
	>>
	>>-Declan
	>>

Cyber Promotions of course is not now a client of AOL, which is one the company's defenses against AOL. Although AOL attorneys don't make the connection outright, their filings seem to imply that once one is an AOL customer, he's always subject to their rules. Wallace, it seems, had an account or two with AOL and was spamming during that time in violation of terms of service. They soon bumped him from the service.

Now that he's not a subscriber, they claim Wallace is still violating terms of service. How that's relevant to a former subscriber is far from clear. Wallace's attorneys, of course say it isn't relevant at all.

No doubt about it; this one is going to be a lot of fun.

Will Rodger
Washington Bureau Chief
[email protected] Week

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