Microsoft Wins $4 Million From Spammer

from the good-luck-collecting dept

Microsoft has apparently won a $4 million judgment against a spammer. The interesting part, though, is that the legal issue wasn't the spamming, but "trademark infringement, false advertising and cybersquatting." The spam in question apparently advertised a toolbar that claimed to keep Microsoft Windows updated. The article doesn't say what kind of spyware the product actually was (but, you have to assume it was spyware). Though, it may be difficult to collect, Microsoft claims that it's already taken in approximately $54 million from the various spam cases it's been winning. While that's pocket change for Microsoft, that's still a pretty good chunk of change. Maybe there's a business model in really suing spammers after all.

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