A well known spammer was sentenced to nine years in prison last week. While that may sound heavy, I feel he should be in prison for at least the rest of his life. Consider the fact that he sent out at least 10 million emails a day, and let's suppose that it will take 1 second (on average considering spam-filters) for each recipient to delete this message. That's almost 3 man months per day. If he takes the weekends off, his spam activities would still 'cost' one human life per year.
"A jury had recommended the nine-year prison term after convicting Jeremy Jaynes of pumping out at least 10 million e-mails a day with the help of 16 high-speed lines, the kind of internet capacity a 1,000-employee company would need. Prosecutors have described Jaynes as among the top 10 spammers in the world at the time of his arrest, using the name "Gaven Stubberfield" and other aliases to peddle junk products and pornography. Prosecutors say he grossed up to $750,000 per month."