According to: Brent Chapman
> From: Sean Eric Fagan <sef @
> In today's San Jose Mercury News business section, there is a small
> article from Knight-Ridder News Service headlined, "Mass mailer sues
> America Online over 'junk e-mail.'"
Well, I hate to admit this, but the event in question originated
from Philadelphia. It seems that a local "electronic advertising company"
(Cyber Promotions, Inc.) in Philly is suing AOL because "it contends the
online service tried to drive it out of business because AOL is opposed
to 'junk e-mail'".
>From Thursday March 28 Philadelphia Inquirer:
"It says AOL interfered with Cyber's contracts with the service firms by
allegedly sending "email bombs" that crashed the computers of two of its
three Internet-service providers."
"Cyber Promotions' suit notes that sending unsolicited e-mail advertisements
is not illegal and that "while come recipients...consider them to be junk
e-mail', a large number or recipients are interested in receiving
"Instead of legal action, the suit maintains, America Online "took matters
into its own hands to try and stop Promo's activities.
The suit contends America Online collected all the underliverable e-mail
messages sent by Cyber Promotions, altered the computer-return address
and in February, and earlier this month, ssent the messages en masse to two
of Cyber's Internet-Service providers.
The alleged tactic caused the crash of the computers of UUNET Technologies,
of Fairfax, Va, and Voicnet in Ivyland, Bucks County, the suit contends, and
resulted in both companies terminating their contracts with Cyber Promotions."
That's the basic news story, if you want to read the whole thing you
can get it off of the web at:
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