Spam fighter defeats junk email company

Tuesday, 15 October 2002, 11:13 AM EST

A "fearless spam fighter" has won a David and Goliath legal battle against a junk email marketing company.

A West Australian court yesterday threw out a civil case in which a direct marketing company wanted to sue a Perth man for complaining about its unsolicited bulk emails, or "spam".

The company, t3-direct, had claimed it had lost $43,000 in business after Perth electronics repairer Joe McNicol blew the whistle on the emailer, in a bid to stop receiving its junk emails.

Angry at receiving so much spam, Mr McNicol had posted on the Internet the company's "Internet protocol" details.

A spam "blocker" known as SPEWS - Spam Prevention Early Warning System - subsequently used the information in its database. People could then use this database to prevent t3's emails from reaching their intended addresses.

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