Internet Spam

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(Washington-AP) -- One thing the major Internet service providers can agree on is the need to reduce spam email going to their users.

Microsoft, Yahoo, AOL and Earthlink have filed six lawsuits against hundreds of people they say sent millions of unwanted e-mails in violation of a new U.S. law.

It is the first major industry action under the "can spam" legislation that went into effect Jan. 1. The lawsuits, filed in federal courts in California, Georgia, Virginia and Washington State, were announced at a Washington D.C. news conference.

The companies say the defendants include some of the nation's most notorious large-scale spammers. The Internet providers say they shared information, resources and investigative information to identify some of the defendants. One thing the major Internet service providers can agree on is the need to reduce spam email going to their users.