The University of Texas (UT) didn't violate the free-speech rights of an online dating service when it blocked thousands of unsolicited eMail messages from the company, a federal appeals court says.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also found that although White Buffalo Ventures LLC, which operates, complied with the requirements of the federal anti-spam law, known as CAN-SPAM, the university still can set its own anti-spam policy.

White Buffalo had sued the university over 59,000 messages blocked by spam filters in 2003. The Austin, Texas-based service had


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