Opting Out of Spam: A Domain Level Do-Not-Spam Registry

37 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2006

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Rebecca Bolin

Yale Law School Information Society Project


Though everyone loves to hate spam, there is desirable spam that users read and even buy from. Because law uniquely changes the marginal cost of spamming, blanket measures to reduce spam are inefficient. Federal spam legislation is intentionally underinclusive to target only the worst kinds of spam, fraud and messages with confirmed negative utility. This law is the best tailored and enforced in the world. Further targeted laws such as domain-level (e.g. hotmail.com) Do-Not-Spam list or criminal prosecution for buying illegal products from spam (i.e. Viagra) would also help stop the worst kinds of spam.

Keywords: spam, email, CAN-SPAM, technology, telecommunications, Internet, Do-Not-Call

JEL Classification: K10, K23, K42

Suggested Citation

Bolin, Rebecca, Opting Out of Spam: A Domain Level Do-Not-Spam Registry. Yale Law & Policy Review, Vol. 24, 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=945290

Rebecca Bolin (Contact Author)

Yale Law School Information Society Project ( email )

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New Haven, CT 06511
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