MySpace Wins An Uncollectable $234 Million Award In Spam Case

from the sending-a-message? dept

Last month, we wrote about how MySpace had won its case against Sanford "Spamford" Wallace -- the infamous 1990s "Spam King" who (despite losing many court battles and owing millions in fines) simply can't seem to give up his obsession with scammy marketing techniques. The win was a default judgment, mainly because Wallace simply disappeared and stopped responding to court requests. Today, a judge ruled on the punishment, officially awarding MySpace $234 million from Wallace and his associate Walter Rines. Given Wallace's disappearing act (which he's done in the past as well) it's unlikely that MySpace will ever see a dime of the money, but that hasn't stopped the company from touting this as the largest ever award under CAN SPAM. Amusingly, the extremely short court ruling also bars Wallace from setting up any new MySpace profiles. It doesn't say anything about Facebook, though, so perhaps that's where we'll see him next...
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    Rich Kulawiec, 14 May 2008 @ 4:19am

    One again, proving the maxim that...

    ...there is no such as an ex-spammer. Not so far, at least: there are zero recorded cases.

    A quibble with the description, though: what Spamford does isn't "scammy marketing techniques"; it's abuse. It's merely clothed in marketing in order to persuade the gullible and naive that it has some legitimate basis.

    Here's an analogy, which I've often use to counter the misleading, vacuous "free speech" arguments made by spam-supporting parasites: if I print out the Bill of Rights, wrap it around a brick, and throw it through your living room window, that's not free speech: that's vandalism. Or if I show up in front of your house with a 50,000-watt PA and proceed to read the Bill of Rights out loud at 3 AM, that's not free speech: it's disturbing the peace. Similarly, what Spamford and Rines and all the other spammers, scammers, phishers, spyware installers, etc. do isn't marketing: it's abuse. The "marketing", if any, is incidental and irrelevant.


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