Sweetwaters list captured by spammer

The woman who purchased Sweetewaters festival merchandise and trademarks from the festival's former liquidator also seems to have acquired the organisation's email list. Shirley-Anne Sharp emailed thousands of people on the list this week, offering for sale 'Sweetwaters packs' containing t-shirts, tickets, posters, wristbands and wine glasses from the festival.

The woman who purchased Sweetewaters festival merchandise and trademarks from the festival's former liquidator also seems to have acquired the organisation's email list.

Shirley-Anne Sharp emailed thousands of people on the list this week, offering for sale "Sweetwaters packs" containing t-shirts, tickets, posters, wristbands and wine glasses from the festival.

Some recipients angrily emailed the group, including original Sweetwaters promoter Paul McLuckie, trying to rehabilitate the financially disastrous festival – believing it had sold on the list to spammers.

Not so, says McLuckie. An email from his group to people on the list says it did not provide any addresses to Sharp.

"Please realise that Shirley-Anne Sharp is NOTHING whatever to do with us," says the email. "In fact she is the very person we spoke of in our last email who is attempting to capitalise on the well-publicised hardship of all the creditors, workers and artists who were never paid this year, by claiming to have purchased the dubious trade-marks and offering to sell ONE of them back to us for more than FIFTY TIMES what we understand she paid for BOTH of them."

McLuckie's group has already been forced to change the name of its proposed festival to SweetRiver rather than pay Sharp for the existing trademarks. How Sharp got the mailing list remains a mystery, but it appears she obtained it from the former liquidator.

"If you object to your name being used in this matter for unsolicited marketing, we are sure you know how to respond to any 'spam' email you may have received," McLuckie's email continues.

"If you wish to take further action or assist others who have expressed a desire to do so, you are welcome to email us to let us know.

"We find that we are by default acting as a register of people who don't like their names and email addresses being distributed and used for direct marketing in this manner without their permission, and in breach of the Privacy Act."

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