Go hunting for spammers

Wednesday, 30 April 2003, 12:52 PM EST

A U.S. Congresswoman plans to introduce an antispam bill that would pay a bounty to some who report spammers, and Stanford University law professor and cyberlaw author Lawrence Lessig said he's so sure the bill will cut the amount of spam sent that he'll quit his job if it doesn't.

Representative Zoe Lofgren, (D-California), announced her plans to introduce the Restrict and Eliminate Delivery of Unsolicited Commercial E-mail (REDUCE) Spam Act during an event for Stanford law students in Stanford, California, Monday.

The bill, similar in some ways to a bill introduced by two U.S. senators earlier this month, introduces as a new wrinkle a bounty for the first person to report a spam offender, with a reward of 20 percent of the civil fine levied by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission against the spammer.

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