The Spam Diaries

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

Thursday, May 31, 2007

MySpace wins anti-spam lawsuit against The Globe

Ahhh, the ebb and flow of the legal system. The year started out with a number of legal victories by anti-spammers, and then a couple of setbacks (Mumma, Gordon), and now the pendulum seems to have swung back again. First, we have the arrest of Robert Soloway, and now Red Herring is reporting that Myspace has settled with The Globe.com for over $2.5 million.

The lawsuit, filed last June, accused The Globe of spamming MySpace users from at least 95 dummy MySpace accounts created for the purpose. Nearly 400,000 spams were sent.

According to the Red Herring article, The Globe could have been held liable for up to $120 million, but given The Globe's current financial situation, MySpace decided to settle for a tiny settlement rather than risk waiting and having The Globe go under completely.

This is not MySpace's first lawsuit against spammers, and hopefully, there will be many more to come.

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