- By blocking this IP address, the university was helping the students use the email system and thereby advancing the interests of the university.
- Blocking this IP address aids in protecting the university's servers.
Monday, August 22, 2005
Public Colleges Can Block Spam
In 2003, White Buffalo Ventures gathered email addresses from The University of Texas using a public records law. They then sent email messages to the students concerning an online dating service. The university received complaints about these messages and asked White Buffalo Ventures to stop sending the messages. When they didn't, they blocked their IP address. White Buffalo Ventures sued The University of Texas in state court, stating that, as long as they abided by the CAN-SPAM Act and were supported by the First Amendment, they could legally send these messages. The University put forward two arguments: