Just who is an Internet access service provider under CAN-SPAM?

14 11 2008

Worded to prevent lawsuits by individual email recipients, the federal CAN-SPAM Act limits who can bring suit for a CAN-SPAM violation. In addition to state and federal enforcers, the Act allows suits by “Internet access service providers.” Just who are they, and can individuals find a way back in to court under this provision?

By Ethan Ackerman

One of the most distinct differences between the federal CAN-SPAM Act and state anti-spam laws is the federal law’s restrictions on who may bring suit for a violation. Like many federal laws, it’s vital to consider the environment in which it passed in attempting to understand the scope and intent of its provisions.


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