The Spam Diaries

News and musings about the fight against spam.
 by Edward Falk

Friday, October 27, 2006

Microsoft wins case against German porn spammer

Read about it in PC Advisor.

In a nutshell, there are no anti-spam laws in Germany, which means that spammers normally get a free ride. In this particular case, the spammer was sued for using Microsoft's name in the return addresses of his spam. This ruling makes such misuses of a trademark-protected brand a criminal offence, subject to prosecution, according to Microsoft.

The actual findings against the spammer were a slap on the wrist. The spammer must promise not to forge Hotmail into his headers or face a €250,000 fine. He must also give Microsoft detailed information about his spam business activities.


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