|Received:||4/14/2004 10:22:22 AM|
|Organization:||Tomei Enterprises Corp|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
To the Commision: I own a small internet business and I want to say that I am appaulled at the complete ignorance surrounding the "SPAM" issue. First of all, for legitimate marketers like myself who send Legal commercial email to my opt-in subscribers, I would be forced to STOP using email methods of advertising because of fear of a mistake being made or something being overlooked on my part which would in turn subject me to fines? A Federal list is "non-productive" in stopping any real spam. It only hurts the legitimate marketer like myself from making any profit online. Not only this, but... there is ample software available that restricts any unsolicited email from entering personal mailboxes. Usually those who cry "SPAM" are not even recieving any SPAM in the first place because many times these people have overlooked that they have in fact requested to be sent the very same information they say is SPAM in their mailbox! This is NOT SPAM! Anymore restrictions ONLY HURT THE LEGITIMATE BUSINESS OWNER ON THE INTERNET, AND DOES NOTHING TO STOP THE REAL SPAMMERS. I ask the commission to take this seriously and not hastily make any more decisions regarding restrictions on commercial email. This also hurts consumers because many subscribe to newsletters from valued sources like myself and others who provide information they are seeking. Anymore restrictions would stop me from sending out to my subscriber list for fear of liability, fines, etc... The attention that this is getting has been hyped and blown way out of proportion. More restrictions are taking this way too far, potentially restricting the free flow of information on the internet which is why the internet even exists. Plus the fact that many go unpunished who accuse FALSELY of SPAM. People on the internet request a lot of information be sent to their mailboxes and then cry "SPAM" when they recieve it! THIS IS A BIG PROBLEM. There is a such a thing called a "delete" button available to all mailbox users. Any further restrictions welcome more restrictions and only hurt the Internet as a whole. It hurts us legitimate Honest marketers who follow and adhere to the law and does NOTHING to stop the real SPAMMERS. Thank You.