Georgia just passed a nice anti-spam law that includes some tough fines and jail time:
Quoted from this article:
"Sending spam to Georgians will be punishable as a felony where spammers:
- Send a high volume of spam, such as more than 10,000 messages in any 24 hour time period.
Generate more than $1,000 in revenue from a single spam message or more
than $50,000 from all spam transmitted to any single Internet Service
- Where the defendant knowingly uses a minor to assist in the transmission of spam.
Deceptive e-mails without these factors will be punished as a
misdemeanor. Criminal penalties for a felony include a fine of not more
than $50,000 or imprisonment of not more than five years, or both. For
a misdemeanor, penalties include a fine of not more than $1,000 or
imprisonment of not more than 12 months, or both."
Earthlink seemed to have a hand in getting this law written and passed, so many thanks to them for helping get this done.