Pink contract

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A pink contract is an agreement between an email spammer and the spammer's Internet service provider. The contract exempts the spammer from the provider's terms of service, which typically prohibit spamming. In return, the spammer pays far more money for an internet connection than non-spammers. AT&T was criticized in 2002 for having such a contract.[1]

The contract is called pink because that is the color of SPAM (the food), alluding to the fact that the contract enables spamming. [2][3]

"Any ISP in the United States can get in real trouble for signing pink contracts. Problem is that there's a whole big world wide web out there and the bulk of the pink contracts are signed with overseas ISPs where US Federal Authorities have absolutely no power." [4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AT&T admits spam offense after contract exposed". CNET News. 3 November 2000. 
  2. ^ "Pink Contract Definition". The Jargon File, version 4.4.7. 
  3. ^ "Pink Contract". SpamCop. 
  4. ^ "ISPs and Pink contracts". Spam Blockers.