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Is spam protected speech?

Is spam protected speech?

Because of the vast number of such messages and their content, Congress is under growing pressure to regulate spam in much the same way it regulates telemarketing. But regulation of spam, like regulation of telemarketing, raises First Amendment free speech issues.

Is spamming against the law?

Whether a message is spam does not answer whether it is illegal. In fact, SPAM IS LEGAL in the United States. So to reiterate: It is legal in the U.S. to send an unsolicited commercial email.

What are the principles of free speech?

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

Does freedom of speech apply to emails?

As First Amendment attorney Kurt Wimmer writes, “even unsolicited e-mail messages constitute speech.” Flat bans on speech are genuinely viewed with great suspicion in First Amendment jurisprudence. The definition of what exactly is “commercial” in some legislation also raises concerns.

Is spamming a harassment?

For the most part, spam emails cannot be considered harassment. Of course, if their content can be construed as constituting harassment, making threats, or subject the receiver to online abuse then, yes, in these cases, the email content itself is harassment.

What is the fine for sending spam?

If you send commercial emails of any kind, the CAN-SPAM Act applies to you. And if you’re in violation, you could be reported to the FTC and face fines of up to $16,000 for each separate email sent!

What is not considered protected speech?

Categories of speech that are given lesser or no protection by the First Amendment (and therefore may be restricted) include obscenity, fraud, child pornography, speech integral to illegal conduct, speech that incites imminent lawless action, speech that violates intellectual property law, true threats, and commercial …

What are the limits of free speech?

Freedom of speech and expression, therefore, may not be recognized as being absolute, and common limitations or boundaries to freedom of speech relate to libel, slander, obscenity, pornography, sedition, incitement, fighting words, classified information, copyright violation, trade secrets, food labeling, non- …

What type of speech is most protected?

political speech
Although it has not been put in a separate category, political speech has received the greatest protection. The Court has stated that the ability to criticize the government and government officials is central to the meaning of the First Amendment.