Anti-Spammer Claims Court Victory

A Maryland anti-spam activist accused of harassment by an alleged spammer claims victory.
Maryland anti-spam activist Francis Uy claimed victory in his quest to out a Maryland man he says is responsible for huge quantities of unsolicited bulk e-mail, after winning a court case related to his posting of the man's personal information on his Web site.

George Moore, a Linthicum, Md., resident, accused Uy of harassment for posting his personal information, including mailing address and phone number, on Uy's anti-spam site. Moore claimed spam vigilantes signed him up for dozens of magazines and some called to leave threatening messages.

Anne Arundel District Court judge Robert Wilcox sided with Uy, saying that Moore was not directly threatened by the posting of public information.

Moore was unavailable for comment.

With the deluge of spam continuing unabated, many Net surfers have taken matters into their own hands, posting the personal information of unsolicited bulk e-mailers on Web sites devoted to known spammers.

Moore, in particular, has drawn the ire of spam activists through his company, Maryland Internet Marketing, which sells a variety of gastrointestinal and diet aids, including Fat-N-Emy and Extreme Colon Cleanser.

In January, one of Moore's sites, salesscape.com, had