[clug] Australian Spam Act 2003

Kim Holburn kim.holburn at anu.edu.au
Sun Jun 27 03:32:22 GMT 2004

Hi Mikal,

I have had advice from lawyers in the matter of the anti-spam laws and 
it is unsettling and I really think it is not that simple.  Firstly 
most laws aren't much use until they're tested in court and in addition 
most lawyers haven't a clue about technology so what you get is bad 
legal advice based on bad or non-existant technological understanding 
with no precedent to base it on.

This is an area which does interest me mainly because of the absurd 
things I have heard about it so far.  Perhaps CLUG could explore this 
further somehow.

I should also note that I consider the "offending" email quite proper 
for this list, in fact to be encouraged and I don't see how there is 
any reasonable way of thinking this email broke this law.


On 2004 Jun 27, , at 10:38 AM, Michael Still wrote:

> Tomasz Ciolek wrote:
>> Would it be useful if I made a presentation about current Anti Spam 
>> laws
>> in Australia?
> I have a policy of only taking legal advice from lawyers. I can't 
> answer that question until I know more about your qualifications to 
> comment on the subject matter...
> Cheers,
> Mikal
> -- 
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