Judge reserves decision on spam fighter trial

Wednesday, 25 September 2002, 12:54 AM EST

A judge has reserved his decision on whether a "fearless spam fighter" should face trial for disrupting the $1,000-a-day business of a company which sends junk email, or "spam".

Perth man Joseph McNicol had lodged an application to strike out a civil action against him by The Which Company, the parent company of direct-marketing business t3 direct, which sends bulk unsolicited email.

The Which Company alleges it lost $43,000 in business after Mr McNicol, annoyed at receiving its emails, `outed' t3 direct by posting its IP details on the internet.

The West Australian District Court was told yesterday day the IP address was noted by a not-for-profit group called SPEWS - Spam Prevention Early Warning System - which blocks spam emails from getting to addresses on the Internet.

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