AOL and SPAM

Positions and exclusions
America On Line is the largest on line company in the world. They deserve kudos for their achievement. They also deserve a lot of brickbats. But anyone who is out in front always is a spear catcher.

AOL has taken some positions on the subject of unsolicited e-mail. First, they explain it as follows including some pros as well as the cons. They understand that no one is thrilled by it. Please excuse the preformat but all that HTML is just too daunting.


AOL, the largest, most popular Internet online service, is working on many
fronts to put an end to junk e-mail.  Yet junk e-mail is not limited to AOL;
all of the major online services and Internet service providers are
experiencing an explosive growth in the transmission of unsolicited,
commercially-oriented e-mail messages.  

E-mail addresses are collected using a variety of methods: captures of screen
names in chat rooms, on bulletin boards and Usenet newsgroups and through
searches of the Member Directory.  AOL does not provide your e-mail address
to any junk e-mailer.

Much of junk e-mail is sent with a forged header.  These false headers make
the e-mail appear to come from legitimate sites, however, e-mail sent back to
the address contained in the header is returned as undeliverable.  This makes
it difficult for service providers like AOL to filter out offending e-mail;
the junk-mail abusers can simply change their headers to any address that is
not blocked.

On America Online sending unsolicited, commercial e-mail is a violation of
the Terms of Service.   If you receive unsolicited e-mail from an AOL account
you may forward it to either screen name TOSEMAIL1 or TOSEMAIL2.  Our Terms
of Service staff will then take appropriate action, which may include
warnings and account termination.

If the mail comes via our Internet mail gateway, there are 4 things you can
do:

1) Follow the directions included in the unsolicited e-mail to be removed
from the distribution list. 

2) Occasionally unsolicited, commercial e-mail comes from legitimate sites.
Often such e-mail is a violation of that site's usage agreement.  By looking
in the mail headers at the bottom of the e-mail message, you will see a line
similar to:  "Message-ID: <9424$2dc2@mail.xoxoxo.com>".  You can write to
Postmaster@xoxoxo.com and ask that this activity be stopped.  Keep in mind
that many junk-mailers know that their recipients will do this and they will
forge mail to make it look like it came from elsewhere. When you write,
please be polite.  Many system administrators have no idea their system is
being abused.

If you aren't sure where the mail is originating from, forward a copy of the
e-mail message to screen name POSTMASTER.  We'll provide you the means of
registering a complaint with the sender.

3) If the commercial mailer includes multiple ads with e-mail addresses of
the people whose services or products are being offered, you might consider
sending a polite message to each of them, explaining your situation.  Keep in
mind that many advertisers are unaware that the mailer they are using sends
unsolicited mail. 

4)  Some junk mail companies are proud of their accomplishments and provide
information on contacting them by postal mail, phone, or fax.  Please use
those methods.  You might also consider notifying the Better Business Bureau
and other consumer protection agencies in their locale to complain about
their practices. 

In the event that you continue to receive junk mail, ignoring it may be your
only option.

Remember, AOL has had some legal success in stopping these abusive mailers.
Also, we've created a list of the most active mailers and have successfully
blocked them from sending e-mail to AOL members. You will not receive e-mail
from any of these sites unless you choose to.  To see the list and to change
your junk mail preferences, go to Keyword: PreferredMail.

For all your online help needs, visit Member Services, Keyword: Help, often!



Here is AOL's PreferredMail list - read Blocked URLs. It appears to be possible for AOL users to receive mail from these URLs but you get all or nothing. This list was copied at about midnight on February 2, 1997. And now, the list:


..com
..net
199.3.8
1floodgate.com
1stamend.com
205.199.212
205.242.119
206.102.194
206.102.195
206.149.148
206.154.151
206.27.86.209
206.27.86.210
206.27.86.211
206.27.86.212
206.27.86.213
206.27.86.214
206.27.86.215
206.27.86.216
206.27.86.217
206.27.86.218
207.15.68
207.15.69
207.15.70
207.15.71
207.87.200.57
207.87.200.58
207.124.161
208.9.64
208.9.65
208.16.112
208.16.113
208.16.114
208.16.115
208.16.116
208.16.117
208.16.118
208.16.119
208.16.120
208.16.121
208.16.122
208.16.123
208.16.124
208.16.125
208.16.126
208.16.127
208.18.4
208.18.5
208.18.6
208.18.7
208.18.8
208.18.9
208.18.10
208.18.11
208.18.12
208.18.13
208.18.14
208.18.15
208.18.18
800.4pussy3
allvip.com
answerme.com
atx-ssdigaa.com
bbbiiizzz.com
beyonddotcom.com
bizimage.com
brobro.com
bu1k-c-it.com
bu1k-eee-it.com
bu1kemai1.com
bu1kreadit.com
bu1kseeit.com
bulk-c-it.com
bulk-e-it.com
bulk-seee-it.com
bulkads.com
bulkinquiries.com
bulkinternet.com
bulkmagnet.com
bulkmail.net
bulkpower.com
bulkread1t.com
bulkreadit.com
bulkresponses.com
bulkseeingit.com
bulkseeit.com
bulksendit.com
cmestrip.com
cockring.com
cocktails-n-dreams.com
consumermoney.com
cp1.com
cpemail.com
cpemail96.com
cpemail97.com
cpemail98.com
crownwell.com
crowsact.com
csp4.com
cvcom.net
cyber-1-1-1.com
cyber-1-i-L.com
cyber-1-L-i.com
cyber-ddf-i1i-q.com
cyber-f-i-q.com
cyber-f-i1i-q.com
cyber-f-ii-q.com
cyber-i-1-L.com
cyber-i-i-i.com
cyber-i-L-1.com
cyber-L-1-i.com
cyber-L-i-1.com
cyber-L-L-L.com
cyber-li-i-qq.com
cyber-lI-il1-qq.com
cyber-li-il1-qq.com
cyber-o-0-o.com
cyber-promo.com
cyber-s-1-q.com
cyber-s-2-q.com
cyber-s-i-q.com
cyber-t-p-1.com
cyber-t-p-11.com
cyber-t-p-i.com
cyber-t-p-l.com
cyber3.0
cyberemag.com
cybermailer10.com
cyberonline.com
cyberout.com
cyberout2000.com
cyberout2001.com
cyberout96.com
cyberout96.com
cyberout97.com
cyberout98.com
cyberout99.com
cyberpr0m0.com
cyberpr0m0ti0ns.com
cyberprom0.com
cyberpromo..com
cyberpromo.com
cyberpromotions.com
cybersender10.com
D&R.net
damsel.com
dat179.com
data123.com
davenda.com
eager4u.com
earthstar.com
emai12u.com
emai1srus.com
email2u.com
email2you.com
emailsrus.com
erotic4u.com
excited4u.com
express.style.com
extractor.com
fight4rights.com
fl50pro.com
fld50.com
flpro50.com
FMr9K.C4xUswG.com
freeconnect.com
freestuff4u.com
freeview.com
gamut
general.net
genuinedraft.com
getrich.com
globalfn.com
globaltech2000.com
glufco.com
glufcom.com
gmands.com
gohomeray.com
gtridofyourdebt.com
hardview.com
hereyougo.com
honeys.com
hot.deals
hotgrrls.com
hotmail.com
hotstrip.com
html-help.com
hunks4u.com
hunkview.com
iamerica.net
imbnet.org
In.Message
internet-income.com
internet4biz.com
internetfree.com
intimatedesires.com
iq-internet.com
isp-inter.net
ivbp.com
l-e-n.com
lewd4u.com
livekinkysex.com
lowestprices.com
lust4u.com
luv2cu.com
mailnet2.com
mailout.com
mailout.net
mailout2.com
mailout4u.com
mailreport.com
massemail.com
massmarket.com
mjcl.com
mxjca.com
nastymail.com
natmed.com
nauticom.net
net.do
net.mail
netfree.com
noblock.com
nocensorship.com
nostoppingit96.com
nostp1996.com
nostp1997.com
ntview.com
ntz.com
obscene4u.com
Off-Shore.Today
On.The.Web
OnlineMayhem.net2
outmail.com
outmail.net
outmail2.com
outmail4u.com
outworld.net
outworlds.com
outworlds.net
overtheair.com
pathwayintl.com
pdwsi.com
peepshow.com
planetnet.org
pleaseread.com
pleasure4u.com
pleasuregirls.com
porno4u.com
primedatasystems.com
pro1.net
progressfort.com
promocyber.com
quantcom.com
r5-emt.com
r6-emt.com
r8-emt.com
randomdomain.com
rea1return.com
rea1return2.com
rea1return3.com
reaIreturn.com
reaIreturn3.com
reaIreturn4.com
reaIreturn5.com
reaireturn5.com
reaIreturn6.com
realreturn.com
realreturn.com
realreturn2.com
realreturn3.com
realreturn4.com
reedrules.com
respondback.com
returnmail.com
reunion.net
rosepin.com
sanfordw.com
savepaper.com
savetrees..com
savetrees.com
sc1996.com
sc21996.com
sc31996.com
sc41996.com
sc51996.com
sc5l986.com
sc5L996.com
sc5l996.com
sc996.com
sc997.com
sdl0997.com
sdLO997.com
se-inc.com
SecretsUnknown.net3
seductress.com
seemen.com
seemestrip.com
seinc.net
sender1996.com
sender1997.com
sender1998.com
sender3.com
sender34.com
sendercyber96.com
sendercyber97.com
sendercyber98.com
senderthree.com
sendertp0.com
sendertp1.com
sendertp2.com
sendertp3.com
sendertp34.com
sensuousexotics.com
seriousincome.com
serveramerica.com
sexysearch.com
smtp.out-atx-ggttfew.com
smutmail.com
snappy.com
snoopcollection-97
special.pricing
spicy4u.com
stoptheblock.com
studline.com
subweb.com
supergood.com
swallace.com
sweeties.com
sweinc.com
tc51986.com
tc5l986.com
The.Secrets
unabomber.bom
underlig.com
underlind.com
undertimes.com
unknown.domain
unstop1996.com
unstop1997.com
unstop1998.com
unstop1999.com
unstoppable1996.com
validreturn.com
vbox.com
vcity.net
webcreations.com
wemailemail.com
wilshireblvd.com
within.message
wvbp.com
xtc4u2c.com
xtremeradio.com
yo9njz.jpz5dnuu.com
yougotmail.com
Your.Ad.Today
youvegotmail.com
zgj0s.fxx1zftw5.com


February 4, 1997


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