Photos from this afternoon’s REDUCE Spam press conference. Full text of the act available here.
I thought the bill might work before I attended this, but after hearing about all the exceptions and loopholes, it seems like it’d be pretty easy to get around this law, while many innocent mailing list owners would be treated as guilty until proven innocent. Spam isn’t black and white, and the grey areas at the sides are far too large for this to have any positive effect on email. If this becomes law, I’m convinced Lessig will be an author instead of a professor.
Amusing moments: representitive Zoe Lofgren mentioning that adult mail would be labelled so that “fraternity houses could still receive the messages” and later on, she read the latest text of the bill from her Blackberry 2-way pager.