|Received:||4/16/2004 6:27:05 PM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
Re: CAN-SPAM Act Rulemaking, Project No. R411008 Dear Commissioners, While the motivations are commendable, the damage done to legitimate, well-meaning businesses and consumers far outweighs the benefits of the proposed CAN-SPAM legislation. The real problem is the harm done to legitimate publishers who will be required to obtain permission from consumers prior to adding them to any e-mail list. Though they are not who CAN-SPAM targets by design, the ill effects are likely unavoidable. Let's not throw out the baby with the bathwater. Great strides are being made to combat SPAM. Let's focus our collective efforts on strategies that educate consumers and businesses on sound strategy to filter unwanetd e-mail, as well as on strategies to combat those responsible for abusing the medium instead of blanket legislation that hurts everyone. As with most crime, when there is money to be made, unscrupulous people will find a way around prohibitions. Thank you, Daniel A Scheff Framingham, Massachusetts U.S.A.