Tuesday, September 27, 2005


Ziff Davies + Active PDF = SPAM

I have had enough. It is since March this year I am fighting a (loosing) battle against ActivePDF for SPAMing me.

It started pretty well as it didn't take long for ActivePDF to notice, and reply, to my first post about the spam; ActivePDF sold my e-mail address to SPAMers. As promised; I made the post invisible for a while and waited. And waited, and waited. After I while I lost my patience and posted my reply; ActivePDF Lost the battle against spam. Within a day ActivePDF replied with the following note:

Dear Sir,

Pursuant to our investigation, we received the following from ZiffDavis, the company you received the SPAM from :

(individual names blocked out)

"XXXXXXXXXXXXXX has confirmed that in the process of transferring ownership of all former Connexus Media Inc. subscriber records from E-NewlsetterPro (ENLP: the newsletter delivery system used to fulfill e-newsletter subscriptions) to ZDI, our developers exported all subscriber records, forgetting to omit/suppress activePDF records that were hosted within the ENLP database for the purposes of fulfilling a co-written activePDF newsletter targeting their clients & prospects.

Like XXXXXXXXXXXXXX, we too take this matter very seriously and have since (on 3/25/05) sent the complete activePDF file to XXXXXXXXXX and XXXXXXXXXX with strict instructions to remove these records from all Ziff Davis Media marketing files and also have them added to Ziff Davis Media’s global opt-out/suppression file in order to avoid all future communication from Ziff Davis to these activePDF records. It is understood that the activePDF records are not the property of Ziff Davis Media and were never intended to be included in the original transfer from Connexus Media to Ziff Davis Media."

As such, we would appreciate your removing this entry from your BLOG . Thank you.

Tim Sullivan
activePDF, Inc.

Shit happens, I thought and buried yet another post.

I completely forgot about the issue for a while until I got another SPAM. Same SPAMer as last time to the same account:

Received: from 43.75.omessage.com (
 by mail.XXXX.com with SMTP; Thu, 15 Sep 2005 09:07:18 GMT
From: "Baseline" <cross@eletters-zannounce.com>
To: activepdf@XXXX.com
Subject: Courtesy Subscription to IT Executives
Content-Type: multipart/alternative;
MIME-Version: 1.0
X-MailSessionID: rb2No5M6Mlg77YdjEGS2zcB.aywAAuj.AADNfQE=

No excuse is good enough hits time; ActivePDF and ZiffDavies continues to send unsolicited e-mails even after repeated requests to be removed from their lists. I will no longer recommend ActivePDF to my customers but base my solutions on open source alternatives like PDF Creator and I hope that you do as well.

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