US Supreme Court justified spamming as freedom of speech

Spammer-Jeremy-JaynesGood day spammers, US Supreme Court is on your side. Supreme court have gracefully decided that Jeremy Jaynes will not have to serve nine years in prison for allegedly spamming tens of thousands of AOL users in 2003.

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday declined to consider reinstating Virginia’s tough anti-spam law, leaving in place a lower court ruling that threw out the measure as unconstitutional.

The court ruled that the prohibition on false routing information infringed on the right to speak anonymously about political, religious or other non-commercial matters. Ads have some First Amendment protection, but not as much as non-commercial speech.

The Virginia Attorney General tried his best to convinced the  U.S. Supreme Court to reverse that decision because Jaynes was convicted for sending ads and not editorial commentary.

On three separate occasions, Jaynes sent more than 10,000 messages in a 24-hour period to AOL subscribers. The emails offered AOL members the opportunity to buy products like a “Penny Stock Picker” and “History Eraser.” He also was found to have compact discs with more than 176 million email addresses

However, Virginia Attorney General Bill Mims, is looking forward to draft a new anti-spam law for the General Assembly to consider that “addresses any potential constitutional concerns. He is determined to protect all Virginians from unscrupulous spammers who fraudulently send millions of unsolicited garbage e-mail messages.

Source: The Washington Post


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