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Anti-spam company ORBS has been reborn, at least that what Paul Cummins reckons with his new ORBS UK site.

Paul is one of several people that have vowed to revive the controversial anti-spam company after its sudden demise under Alan Brown after some legal wrangling. The difference is that Paul has actually done something about it and is running the show from the most recent ORBS database he can get his hands on.

Ironically, at the moment, the two companies that presided over the death of ORBS' second incarnation, Xtra and Actrix are still listed on the list. It was these two companies that took ORBS to court and a New Zealand ruled that they had wrongly been placed on the list.

The accusation is that the owner of ORBS, Alan Brown, listed the companies as part of a personal vendetta.

Paul Cummins has been in touch regarding his new site and had this to say: "Well, ORBS UK is now listing several thousand hosts, and received 13 submissions today. Alan Brown has asked ORBS UK not to use the ORBS name, but not given any reason why, nor has he replied to ORBS UK offer to buy ORBS in total from him. ORBS UK has the support from the anti-spam community, and is working. Alan said that if that happened, the new service would be successful. I wonder if it's just sour grapes on his part."

We'll follow the story up when things become clearer. No sign yet of Michael Rawls' ORBS alternative. ®

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