Where's the Beef? Dissecting Spam's Purported Harms
Santa Clara University - School of Law
John Marshall Journal of Computer & Information Law, Forthcoming
Virtually everyone seems to agree that spam causes tremendous harm, but there is surprisingly little consensus on exactly what those harms are. This Essay examines various harms that spam purportedly causes to assess if the harm is real and if spam is treated dichotomously compared to other media communications. Based on this analysis, the Essay concludes that many harms purportedly caused by spam are not appropriate policy justifications for regulation.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 18
Keywords: Spam, email, CAN-SPAM, junk mail, junk faxes, telemarketing
JEL Classification: L82, L96, K42
Date posted: January 19, 2004