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MySpace has won a $234m (£120m) legal judgement over junk messages sent to members of the social networking site.
Victory in the case was awarded to MySpace after Sanford Wallace and Walter Rines, the men behind the junk mail, failed to show up in court.
The judgement is thought to be the largest ever given against senders of unsolicited commercial e-mail.
However, anti-spam experts said MySpace had little chance of getting the cash it sought.
MySpace Gets Awarded $234Million Spam Payday [news.bbc.co.uk]
Interesting, that this extends beyond simple 'email' spam, and that the CAN-SPAM has been applied to social network requests.
I suppose if bloggers were to email themselves or their users every time a comment was made, they could apply this to fake comments. Of course, they'd have to be able to collect judgments in the Ruble, Hryvnia, Yuan, or Lev to really be effective.
Under the 2003 US CAN Spam law, each violation entitles MySpace to $100 (£50) in damages, tripled when spam is sent "wilfully and knowingly".
Does this mean that everyone whose account was hijacked and used to send spam is also guilty and therefore required to fork over $100?
Sounds a bit over the top to me. Being the victim of a scam oftentimes costs you money but you shouldn't have to be considered a criminal for it too.
I like how the BBC actually has a picture of the guy who did it. That's classic.