This week I got an email newsletter from a patent law firm near Washington DC. Since I didn't recognize the name of the firm, and the pharmaceutical patent law they do isn't related to anything I do so I was pretty sure I wouldn't have signed up and forgotten, and it was to my CAUCE address which I wouldn't use if I did sign up, it was spam.

I was about to send of the usual mostly automatic report to their ESP, when I noticed that several of the items were written by an old college friend of mine.  It wasn't out of the question that she'd put me on the list so I could see what she's doing, but she'd have used my regular address if she did.  So I forwarded it to her and asked if she knew why they'd sent it to me.

Read the rest of this post at John Levine's Internet and e-mail policy and practice