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Bill targets pornographic e-mail

Representative Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., Wednesday introduced a bill into the U.S. Congress that would require sexually explicit mass e-mail to include features to let parents block the mailings from their children. The legislation would mirror a current law that requires sexually explicit postal mail to include a mark or notice on the envelope. The bill recommends that people convicted of sending unmarked pornographic spam face a $10,000 fine or a year in jail. People convicted of creating spam without the mark and knowingly sending it to children would face a $50,000 fine or five years in jail for the first offense and up to a $100,000 fine or 10 years in prison if the offense is repeated.

Representative Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., Wednesday introduced a bill into the U.S. Congress that would require sexually explicit mass e-mail to include features to let parents block the mailings from their children. The legislation would mirror a current law that requires sexually explicit postal mail to include a mark or notice on the envelope.

The bill recommends that people convicted of sending unmarked pornographic spam face a $10,000 fine or a year in jail. People convicted of creating spam without the mark and knowingly sending it to children would face a $50,000 fine or five years in jail for the first offense and up to a $100,000 fine or 10 years in prison if the offense is repeated.