Abuse of Compuserve: Woodside Literary Agency

Compuserve Releases New AUP

Even though Compuserve announced below they had a new policy in effect, Woodside once again slipped by, even though the NY Attorney General's Office filed a civil suit of four charges against Woodside on November 27, 1997 and the same was reported in the New York Times the same day.

When you find a Wood Side (sic) spam, email it with the full headers to Compuserve Abuse

From: "J. Donavan Stanley" 
Subject: Compuserve Releases new AUP
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 1997 11:47:20 -0500

            CompuServe Incorporated Newsgroup Policy
                         December 1997

This document explains how the CompuServe Incorporated Member Agreement
is applied to USENET and local newsgroups.  It outlines the procedures
that CompuServe members or other newsgroup participants can use to
handle newsgroup abuses.  It also gives pointers to other resources
available to learn about newsgroup culture.

It is important for members to make themselves aware of the various
conventions, guidelines and local culture in newsgroups before becoming
an active participant.  If you have questions visit the Usenet Help
Forum (USEHELP) for general Usenet Guidelines.

CompuServe Usenet newsgroups are subject to CompuServe's Member
Agreement.  Members should familiarize themselves with CompuServe's
Member Agreement by visiting the CompuServe Rates and Rules area (GO
RULES) before posting any articles to Usenet newsgroups.
Participating successfully in newsgroups is a matter of common sense
and courtesy.  Most CompuServe members are able to use their own sense
of what is appropriate to guide their behavior.  But there will always
be some inappropriate postings - whether innocent and inadvertent or
malicious and intentional.  While it is not always clear which is the
case, certain activities can result in posted articles being removed,
a member receiving a warning, or more severe actions including
termination of a member's account.  Postings that can result in a
warning or other appropriate action include but are not limited to
the following:

      1.  FORGERY/FRAUD.
      Posting articles with headers that misrepresent who or where the
      article is from or what organization it represents is a
      violation of the CompuServe Member Agreement.  Report instances
      of a CompuServe member posting such articles or of articles
      forged under your name to CompuServe at abuse@compuserve.com.

      2.  CHAIN LETTERS.
      Chain letters are prohibited on CompuServe and the Internet.
      Posting a chain letter or other pyramid-type articles to
      newsgroups (or via e-mail) is inappropriate and can result in
      your account being terminated.
      If you receive a chain letter from a CompuServe member, report
      it to abuse@compuserve.com immediately.  If you receive a chain
      letter from someone on the Internet, contact the postmaster at
      their site (using postmaster@their.domain.name).

      Posting the same article many times, either to a single or
      multiple groups is generally considered an inappropriate use of
      Usenet and the servers that support it.  For a set of articles to
      be considered inappropriate, they need not be exactly alike, but
      substantively identical.  For example, posting multiple articles
      advertising the same service or Web site even if they use
      different wording each time is an inappropriate use of Usenet.
      Cross-posting a single article to several groups is also
      generally an inappropriate use of Usenet.  This is acceptable
      only in a very few special cases.  Before you decide to
      cross-post an article, you must make sure that the article is
      acceptable and relevant in every single group included in the
      Posting patterns that exceed generally recognized Usenet
      thresholds for multi-posting or cross-posting are considered
      inappropriate and such articles will be automatically discarded.

      The vast majority of newsgroups are NOT commercial and
      participants in those newsgroups will object to commercial
      Commercial articles or solicitations should be posted to a
      newsgroup only when consistent with the newsgroup's subject
      matter.  In addition, commercial articles and solicitations
      should be clearly identified as such and should disclose the
      sender's identity.
      If you have any questions about a commercial article or
      solicitation, you should review the newsgroup's FAQ
      (Frequently Asked Questions) or charter document.  If you cannot
      find a FAQ or charter document, contact abuse@compuserve.com for

      Each newsgroup focuses on a particular set of topics.  Posts not
      related to these topics are not appreciated by the participants.
      Similarly, you should not post binary information like picture
      files or executables in a newsgroup unless such postings are
      permitted by the newsgroup's charter.
      It is important that CompuServe members become familiar
      with the culture and guidelines of a particular Newsgroup
      BEFORE posting.  Doing so will make your experience with
      newsgroups much more pleasant.

CompuServe reserves the right to selectively filter Usenet articles
that it deems inappropriate.  Such articles may be deleted by
CompuServe from their original target newsgroups(s) and/or moved to
a special newsgroup.
These actions may be applied to both articles coming into CompuServe
from the Internet as well as to articles posted by CompuServe members.

To report a violation of CompuServe's Newsgroup Policy or Member
Agreement or any other objectionable Usenet behavior by a CompuServe
member, send a complete copy of the article or e-mail message to

Upon notice, CompuServe may at any time modify this Newsgroup Policy.
It is each member's responsibility to review from time to time and
stay familiar with this Newsgroup Policy.

If you have questions about newsgroups or an article you would like
to post, you have several avenues you can pursue, including:
  - the Usenet Help Forum (GO USEHELP)
  - the Usenet Newsreader Forum (GO NEWSREADER)
  - the news.newusers.questions newsgroup
  - the *.answers newsgroups (soc.answers, news.answers, etc.).
  - checking for FAQs and Charters in a given Newsgroup.

21 November 1997 New York Times/Cyber Times article Spam Dispute Brings Usenet and CompuServe to Brink By MATT RICHTEL

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