OVERVIEW OF U.S. CAN-SPAM ACT OF 2003

On December 16, 2003, President George W. Bush signed into law the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act of 2003 (CAN-SPAM Act), which is the first U.S. federal anti-spam legislation and was long demanded by many Americans and politicians as a way to cut down on unwanted emails from businesses trying to sell their products to strangers. CAN-SPAM lets ISPs sue spammers and state attorneys general sue on behalf of users, and has criminal penalty of jail time for spamming commercial e-mail with fake title or misleading headers. The law was the bipartisan brainchild of former Senator Conrad Burns, a Montana Republican, and Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, creating a bicameral effort and big leap toward stopping "kingpin spammers and stemming the flow of garbage into America's in-boxes.” In order to better understand this law, these questions will be answered: Why did Congress Pass the New Bill?, To Whom Does CAN-SPAM Apply?, Can you Give an Overview of the CAN-SPAM Act?, Can You Give a “Check List for Dummies” for the CAN-SPAM ACT?, What are the CAN-SPAM Penalties?

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

Why did Congress Pass the New Bill?
To Whom Does CAN-SPAM Apply?
Can You Give an Overview of the CAN-SPAM Act?
Can You Give a “Check List for Dummies” for the CAN-SPAM ACT?
What are the CAN-SPAM Penalties?

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