The Spam Diaries

News and musings about the fight against spam.
 by Edward Falk

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

My court hearing was held today

Transcript is now up and available. Here's my favorite part:

Q:  So you ran a traceroute on

A: No, I ran a traceroute on the kiddy porn
site Sexylolitas and the result came up listing

I'm sorry, what kind of lawyer points out to the court that his client was providing service to a child pornography site? I'd forgotten all about that myself until Harristhal brought it up.

Anyway, the gist of it all is that Harristhal is arguing that I put myself into North Dakota jurisdiction by a) answering emails from a lawyer in North Dakota, and thus involving myself in a court case there, b) by telling fellow spam-fighters that I expected to be sued by someone from North Dakota, and by c) sending traceroute packets there*.

Oh, my second-favorite part:
Your Honor, this is an unusual context.  I recognize
that. The internet is a new creature.

Maybe the internet is a new creature to you, Mr. Harristhal, but the state of North Dakota entered the 21st century with the rest of us.

Anyway, nothing to do now but wait for the Judge's decision.

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