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You spam, you pay

Kodak this week was charged by the FTC for sending unsolicited email to more than 2 million customers. Worst yet, the emails did not give recipients a means to remove themselves from the mailing list. Spam has become a huge problem these days and several companies including Microsoft are taking largely active roles in the fight against spam. The US is currently the largest spam-filth nation with China set to becoming the next biggest source of spam.

Kodak ended up paying the FTC a fine of $26,331, which is miniscule compared to fines that other spam cartels have had to pay in the past. Kodak says that the incident took place more than a year ago and was caused by a technical malfunction in its computer systems. "This incident, which took place over a year and half ago, was a simple technical malfunction that caused the customary text to be removed from the e-mail," said Liz Scanlon, a representative for Kodak.

Kodak this year reported a first quarter's earning of $2.88B USD in sales with a net loss of $298M USD. Its sales of digital cameras rose a good 29%.

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dude, weak
By WileCoyote on 5/13/2006 8:06:53 PM , Rating: 2
Lame... slap on the wrist.

RE: dude, weak
By gameman733 on 5/13/2006 11:23:34 PM , Rating: 2
I agree that its a slap on the wrist, but they definately aren't the biggest problem with spam. I would rather see the FTC go after the people in charge of the spam botnets we hear so much about. Assuming Kodak didn't mean to send out all the e-mail (technical glitch according to the article), I think thats all they need though. If theres a second "technical glitch," they should recieve a harsher fine. Of course, the botnet people with the intention of spamming everything should be getting the really harsh fines anyway.

RE: dude, weak
By SunAngel on 5/14/2006 8:30:55 PM , Rating: 1
It may be a slap on the wrist, but it goes on their permenant record. Several similiar incidents and they become habitual offenders. I believe that is a felony. Remember, the United States of America leads the world in information technology. They maintain a record of everything, good or bad.

Profitability must be eliminated
By zsdersw on 5/14/2006 5:23:12 PM , Rating: 2
No technical measure will triumph over the one thing that keeps spam alive: profitability. Spam would serve no one's interests if it wasn't profitable, so the only way to make it unprofitable is to increase the costs associated with it. This can only really be done with punishments for spammers, and even then, it's a mixed bag. The punishment has to be severe and cooperation must exist worldwide. Borders and governance must be transparent in the pursuit of spammers. That is certainly no small undertaking.. but it's the only way that has any reasonable chance of success.

RE: Profitability must be eliminated
By Christopher1 on 5/15/2006 2:46:25 PM , Rating: 1
There is a problem with that however. What if they put in place draconian penalties for spamming, and then get an innocent person, who instead of pushing "Reply to one in address book" pushes "Reply to ALL"!
That's what I am worried about.

An earlier poster had it right, go after the people who make these spam bot-nets and make antivirus software MANDATORY with the purchase of any new computer system.

That thing is SO easy to hack into, it is unbelievable. That's why I only use Thunderbird.

By zsdersw on 5/15/2006 7:27:29 PM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't say the penalties have to be "draconian".. but they certainly have to be strong enough to make spamming an unprofitable use of resources.

I'd also say that there would be ways of protecting the innocent and the accidental. The technology used to catch spammers can also be used to exonerate the innocent and accidental.

I have done stuff like that too...
By Trisped on 5/15/2006 6:47:06 PM , Rating: 2
It just didn't have to do with spaming people. Sometimes when you work on a program you can sometimes breka something with out meaning too. If they proved that this is what happened, then a slap on the wrist is all that matters.

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