MAPS sues its own anti-spam guru

Thursday, 9 May 2002, 10:08 AM EST

What happens if you create software, bring it with you to an organization and then want to take an enhanced version of it when you leave?

In the case former Mail Abuse Prevention System (MAPS) employee Gordon Fecyk, author of the anti-spam ORCA Dial-up User List, you get sued.

MAPS, an anti-spamming group and keeper of the controversial Realtime Blackhole List, has accused Fecyk of illegally using the system after leaving the organization. Saying his actions were "malicious, arbitrary and reprehensible," MAPS filed a lawsuit in a Winnipeg, Manitoba, court last month accusing Fecyk of a host of violations including the unlawful copying and use of its property.

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