January 30, 2008

Some Spammers just NEVER LEARN!

Just when I thought I had heard the last of my spamming friends in Florida, I get a notice to appear in court to answer as to my assets. Funny thing is, I had to sell what few assets I had to pay my legal bills. I guess now the spammers want to take my computer or servers.

You would think after spending a quarter million dollars or more on suing the crap out of me they would rethink that strategy when it comes to trying to get me to cooperate with their current agenda, whatever that may be.

Truth is, I think its funny. It shows their true colors in a way that I could never do. What will make my documentary about this lawsuit so great is that the spammers confess to being spammers in their VERY OWN WORDS. The script for the documentary has been lifted directly out of court documents so there is no question as to 'who' said 'what' when my film debuts later this year at a regional film festival.

Hey spammers.... want a 'writing credit' in the movie's credits? It could be arranged if you're willing to be just a little reasonable when dealing with me.

January 16, 2008

The Spammer Next Door

I totally thought I was done seeing 'legitimate organizations' utilizing spam lists. Especially spam lists that came from pushers of penis pills.

I was wrong.

Yesterday I received a campaign announcement 'thanking me for being a grass roots supporter' of a politician for whom I have *never* volunteered. At this point, he is not someone I would ever vote for unless he were to apologize for sending spam and -- this is the big one -- STOP sending anyone else spam. I want to opt out from their list ONCE. I want to opt out one time, yet this spunky little spammer says unless I give him each and every address, every time they spam me, there is nothing he can do. He also refuses to give me his physical address.

If he would simply stop sending out emails claiming that the recipient is a 'grass roots supporter' unless the campaign has actually been given such a request by each recipient. Federal spam law refers to this concept as 'affirmative consent' when an email marketer can verify the email address requested mailings with the proper documentation. In this case, the sender cannot provide any form of affirmative consent.

They have a dirty list spam problem. They have no idea who IS and who is NOT really a willing recipient of their emails. Their lists 'come from several sources'.

As I wrap up production of my first feature film I realize that America doesn't have the foggiest clue concerning the world's spam problem. The spammer next door is the problem. Your cousin who promotes a cruise line. Your best friend's daughter who works for a university's Internet marketing department. Your 24 year old son who just got himself a great position on a re-election campaign.

Spammers are everywhere and we do business with them every day.

We just don't know it.

This fall the world finds out why they have such a spam problem. The reason is so shocking you may find it hard to believe.

January 13, 2008

SLAPP SUIT Movie Trailer

The Documentary I've been working on for the better part of the last five years will be done this fall. I would invite everyone IN the documentary to join us for the debut at a film festival TBA. We'd like to premier at South by Southwest, but we'll see what opportunities present themselves when the time is right.

Here's the trailer:

OK, So I am on Blogger, now what?

OK. So I got my MySpace page. I have facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Can we all get back to work now?

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Oklahoma City, OK, United States
My name is Mark W. Mumma. I'm from Blackwell Oklahoma and I used to fight email spam. My fight is over and I have lost. I am making a movie about my misadventures. It should be out by 2015. I am an ISP, a telecom entrepreneur, a wedding DJ and a Data Recovery guru. Hey, its an Obummer economy and I am just trying to keep food on the table.