Duhaime's Law Dictionary

Spam Definition:

Unsolicited email transmitted through the Internet.
In 1267623 Ontario, Justice Wilson referred to the:

"... use of the Internet communication services for commercial bulk e-mail advertising purposes colloquially known amongst internet users as spam."

In E-Mail Law, the authors wrote:

"Generally speaking, spam refers to unsolicited, bulk, electronic messages sent by an unknown entity.

"While most commonly referred to in the context of unsolicited commercial e-mails, spam also comprises non-commercial e-mails, instant messages, chat room messages and mobile phone messages that are sent from unknown sources without the recipient's consent."


  • 1267623 Ontario Inc. v NEXX 46 BLR 2d 317; also at 45 O.R. 3d 40, 1999 CarswellOnt 1850 or 1999 OJ 2246
  • Morgan, C. and Saulgrain, J., E-Mail Law (Toronto: LexisNexis, 2008), pages 57-58.

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