Why Have I Been Listed?
You have been directed to this page because you have complained to us
about a listing on our spam pages which mentions your organisation's name
and/or Internet domain.
Before you make threats of legal action or demands for compensation,
you should read this page very carefully. You must read it in
conjunction with our email reply to your complaint, which includes
facts specific to your case.
You should also show our email reply and this web page to your legal
counsel, if you have one.
Statement of Facts
You are listed because you or your organisation sent unsolicited bulk
email to our private email addresses without our permission. This is an
invasion of our privacy and an unauthorised use of our computer resources.
- You sent unsolicited bulk email to us.
- We did not request information from you or your company, either
directly or indirectly. We did not "opt-in" to any mailing list
associated with, or used by, you or your company.
- You used our private email address without our consent.
- The email address to which you sent the unsolicited email is a
private address. It is not in the public domain. You obtained and
used this address without our consent. The existence of our private
email address on any mailing list, whether you compiled it yourself or
whether you obtained it from a third party, does not constitute consent
on our part to receive unsolicited bulk email from you or your company.
- We have a clearly-stated policy on unsolicited bulk email.
- We make our policy on unsolicited bulk email very clear on our web site.
If you had researched our organisation before sending your unsolicited
bulk email, you would have been aware that we take vigorous action
against those who send such email to us.
- We have followed our standard procedure.
- We follow the same procedure on receipt of all unsolicited bulk email.
You have not been given any special treatment.
- We always notify the upstream Internet service provider(s).
- On receipt of an unsolicited bulk email, we always make a complaint to
the upstream Internet service provider(s) of the person or organisation
which sent the message. If you have violated the terms of service of your
ISP by sending an unsolicited bulk email, then your
ISP is within its rights to suspend, restrict or terminate the
service which it provides to you. This is your problem, not ours.
- We make no comment on the product or service described in the unsolicited bulk email.
- At our web site, we simply list the headers of the unsolicited bulk
email which you sent to us, together with the names of the organisations
to whom we sent our complaint, and their responses (if any). We make no
comment on the products or services which were described or advertised in
the unsolicited bulk email.
- We do not use "remove me" or "unsubscribe" links or addresses listed in unsolicited bulk email.
- Some unsolicited bulk emails include a "remove me"
or "unsubscribe" link or email address. We never reply to such
an email address. Many are bogus. Some are the addresses of innocent
third parties who are completely unconnected with the unsolicited bulk
email. Others are used by the sender of the message to confirm that the
recipient's email address is valid. A few are legitimate
"unsubscribe" addresses, but since we did not subscribe to
receive the unsolicited bulk email in the first place, we feel no
obligation to use them. In any case, it is impossible to know which ones
- The contents of unsolicited bulk email are in the public domain.
- Unsolicited bulk email are, by definition, sent indiscriminately and
without prior consent to recipients who are not known personally to the
sender. This is equivalent to posting an advertisement on a public
bulletin board, web page or newsgroup. The sender cannot, therefore,
claim that the contents of the unsolicited bulk email are private or
confidential. Consequently, we consider the contents of all unsolicited
bulk email to be in the public domain. This gives us the right to publish
them in part or in full.
- We take no action to increase the visibility of our spam pages at search engine or directory web sites.
- When your company name or domain is entered as the search term at
sites such as Google or Yahoo, our spam listing may
appear in the results alongside your own web site, or even above it.
We take no deliberate action to cause this to happen. We do not include
any keyword meta-tags in our spam pages, nor do we submit these pages
explicitly to the search engine sites. You should note that search engine
sites such rarely remove web sites from their databases in response to
complaints from third parties.
- We do not respond positively to threats.
- You violated our privacy and made unauthorised use of our computer
resources, so we listed you on our spam pages. Now you're threatening
us directly. Be aware that details of your threats may also be listed on
our spam pages and posted to the appropriate Usenet newsgroup