How Haiku can prevent Spam

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How can poetry stop spam?

Answer: Habeas.

Habeas is a new company on the Internet which has developed a technology that permits legitimate bulk mailers -- such as -- the ability to deliver authentic emails and eliminate spam at the same time.

Legitimate bulk email service providers are able to inject Habeas copyrighted Haiku poetry into outgoing email headers to ensure authenticity and delivery. Internet Service Providers and Spam Fighting programs are able to pick up the headers which can then be used to determine if the message is spam or legitimate.

Wait a sec, what's a mail header?

Mail headers are used to identify how email is delivered to a recipient. The type of information contained in email headers always include: the sender’s and receiver’s addresses, the time at which the mail was sent, and the name of the mail server that received the mail. (source:

The Habeas Haiku poetry, including mail headers, look like this:

X-Habeas-SWE-1: winter into spring
X-Habeas-SWE-2: brightly anticipated
X-Habeas-SWE-3: like Habeas SWE (tm)
X-Habeas-SWE-4: Copyright 2002 Habeas (tm)
X-Habeas-SWE-5: Sender Warranted Email (SWE) (tm). The sender of this
X-Habeas-SWE-6: email in exchange for a license for this Habeas
X-Habeas-SWE-7: warrant mark warrants that this is a Habeas Compliant
X-Habeas-SWE-8: Message (HCM) and not spam. Please report use of this
X-Habeas-SWE-9: mark in spam to <>.

Side note: SWE in the headers means "Sender Warranted Email".

Haiku poetry and Legal ramifications

Haiku poetry is internationally recognized around the world, and there are strict copyright laws which protect it. Infringement of intellectual property is a serious offense in most countries and can carry a very hefty fine.

Those who unlawfully forge SWE email headers in an attempt to "sneak" through mail filters will be aggressively sought after by Habeas (IE: spammers). In addition, the Habeas Business License agreement states that fines can reach upwards of $250,000 USD in liquidated damages if "... [a Habeas Business] Licensee has failed to cure [a] breach [of contract] in a timely fashion." (source:

Habeas: Free to use for End Users

Implementing Habeas for end users is relatively easy and does not require additional software. The Habeas web site has provided some very helpful tips (pictures included) on how to configure popular email clients for Windows, Mac, and even Unix operating systems.

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