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Preemption Of State Spam Laws By The Federal Can-Spam Act, Roger Allen Ford Jan 2005

Preemption Of State Spam Laws By The Federal Can-Spam Act, Roger Allen Ford

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Unsolicited bulk commercial email is an increasing problem, and though many states have passed laws aimed at curbing its use and abuse, for several years the federal government took no action. In 2003 that changed when Congress passed the CAN-SPAM Act. Though the law contains many different restrictions on spam messages, including some restriction of nearly every type that states had adopted, the Act was widely criticized as weak. Many of the CAN-SPAM Act's provisions are weaker than corresponding provisions of state law, and the Act preempts most state spam laws that would go farther, including two state laws ...