Court strikes down anti-spam law

The Virginia Supreme Court today overturned the state's anti-spam law, saying it violated First Amendment protections on free speech, the Washington Post has reported. The ruling could have an impact on other states that have anti-spam measures.

In reversing the conviction of spammer Jeremy Jaynes, the court said the law is unconstitutional because it restricts more than just commercial e-mails.

Justice G. Steven Agee said the law "is unconstitutionally overbroad on its face because it prohibits the anonymous transmission of all unsolicited bulk e-mails, including those containing political, religious or other speech protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution," the Post reported.

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