[Catalog-sig] The "Softpedia" spam

M.-A. Lemburg mal at egenix.com
Thu May 6 16:50:06 CEST 2010

Tarek Ziadé wrote:
> Hello,
> The Softpedia website sends an email to everyone that register or
> uploads something at PyPI. This is clearly a spam and their website
> don't care about our projects.
> I am not sure if they use the PubSubHubbub thing, but I was wondering
> how we could prevent these unsolicited mails.
> If they use PubSubHubbub, maybe we could set up a black list of
> subscribers people can manage at their level,
> if they reconstruct the emails by reading the RSS feed, maybe we
> should not publish this info (even with  the @ transformed into " at
> ").

Unfortunately, that's what you get when providing APIs to extract
all the data from PyPI.

Not even the terms on the PyPI service can be used to prevent
that (something I'll try to change now that I'm on the PSF board

We should really disallow redistribution of the PyPI meta data
and uploads without prior written consent from the PSF.

Marc-Andre Lemburg

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