Spamhaus get slapped down... ordered to pay $11.7m to alleged spammers e360insight
Spotted in The Register:
"A US court has ordered anti-spam organisation Spamhaus to pay $11.7m in damages for "illegally" listing email marketing firm e360insight as an affiliate of a known spammer, an entry that meant users of Spamhaus's mail filtering advisory system would not have received email from e360insight. The Illinois court also imposed an injunction on Spamhaus against interfering with e360insight's email marketing activities without sufficient evidence in future."
I'm wondering if Spamhaus is going to be able to find that sort of money. e360insight are trumpeting about the win on their site (http://www.e360insight.com/)
Response by Spamhaus
The judgment can be found here (http://www.e360insight.com/show_case_doc25.pdf).
This decision has many implications, not only for the future viability of Spamhaus and its service (and perhaps Spamhaus's continuing existence), but also for other spam reporting services such as Spamcop. Antispam services will have to be very careful - automatic blacklisting based on unchecked user reports may be reaching end of life. Antispam services do not always check the veracity of spam reports received to make sure that they really are spam, and whether the service is opt-in, or opt-out or if opt-out is respected. Spamhaus's retort that they're in the UK and the e360insight.com is in the USA and that therefore the judgment is not enforceable is not always going to work. Sooner or later a UK based spammer may get them in the same way.