U.S. Reps Propose Amendment to Stop SpamThree members of Congress will offer a new compromise amendment during today's scheduled markup of H.R. 3113, dubbed The Unsolicited Electronic Mail Act, in an effort to end the transmission of unsolicited commercial e-mail.
The bill, proposed by Rep. Heather Wilson, R-NM, Rep. Gary Miller, R-CA, and Rep. Gene Green, D-TX, will:
o Require accurate return addresses on unsolicited commercial e-mail.
o Make it illegal to send spam to people who have requested to be removed from a list.
o Make it illegal to cull e-mail addresses from Internet registrars.
o Require spam to be identified as such.
o Require ISPs to protect their customers from spam if the ISP profits from allowing spam into their system.
o Allow individuals to sue spammers.
o Allow ISPs to have a spam policy and sue spammers for $500 per message if they violate the policy.
o Authorize the Federal Trade Commission to go after spammers who violate this law.