Does the First Amendment forbid spam filtering?

I asked fellow blogger (and email expert) John Levine the following: "The Supreme Court overturned the Jaynes conviction on First Amendment grounds, yes? I'm wondering what that could mean from the spam filtering perspective." Find his very detailed answer here.


  1. To be clear, the statue was found unconstitutional because it was not worded to be specific to commercial communication. That one part of Jaynes' conviction was dropped, but he did not 'go free' as so many media outlets reported. He was found guilty of several other fraud related things and those convictions remained.


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