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Blogger Annoys Universal Studios

Information Week has an article detailing the battle between an entertainment blogger, (not us) and Universal Studios. The blogger, a 63 year frustrated author, setup a website that allowed people to contact executives at production companies and publishing houses. It was his way of empowering others to not endure the lack of access to decision makers he had. Supposedly he shared both email addresses, and an algorithm to compute email addresses at Universal Studios. This set off a couple rounds of lawsuits, agreements, and broken agreements. Opinions on the web range from admiring to condemning.

From my point of view the guy should cease and desist. This type of endeavor creates email that might not fit all the definitions of SPAM, however is close enough to be ethically suspect. By posting these addresses, the blogger promoted the sending of unsolicited email to these recipients. And while SPAM demands some semblance of bulk or indiscriminate sending, it's hard to tell the difference between many individuals sending single emails and single individuals sending many emails. Furthermore, the guy isn't really helping. If he really did want to help he would setup a website that aspired to become a credible source for recommending properties, instead of causing these decision makers to completely tune all of these people out (more than they had already.) --Terrence Ryan

Posted by on December 5, 2005 9:27 PM
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I agree. It sounds like this guy has done more harm than good. He'd be a great political campaigner, though.

-- Posted by: Pete at December 7, 2005 1:09 PM

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