Sanford Wallace, the original “Spam King” (sorry, Mr. Richter), is back in the news. Wallace is perhaps best known for the run-ins which he and his company, Cyberpromotions, had with AOL and Compuserve back in the 1990s. At that time both companies sued Wallace for spamming them, and AOL’s victory on appeal set some […]
Aunty has heard from a little birdie that the lawsuit filed by Spam King Scott Richter against anti-spam outfit SpamCop has been settled. As Aunty's gentle readers may know, Richter's request for an injunction was denied back in June, with the Court ruling that SpamCop was protected under the Communications Decency Act. Here are links […]
As stupid ideas go, this one is a doozy: people have long said that one of the downsides of a Do Not Email Registry is that it would be such an attractive target for spammers. Well how about this one: the states of Michigan and Utah just enacted law to create a “children’s protection registry”. […]
In an exclusive story, Aunty has learned that the New York State Attorney General has reached a settlement with Spam King Scott Richter. Under the terms of the settlement Richter must pay $40,000 in damages, as well as $10,000 in investigative fees. In addition, all of Richter’s email must comply with the Federal CAN-SPAM law; […]
Aunty is still working to confirm this, but a little birdie whispered in her ear that SpamCop’s and parent company Ironport’s SLAPP suit against Scott Richter and his OptInRealBig, in response to Richter’s suit against SpamCop, has been dismissed by the Court. Here’s the history to date: Richter sues SpamCop Richter granted restraining order against […]
In a triumph of stupidity over common sense, William “Billy” Carson has managed to distinguish himself by being the target of one of the first lawsuits by a state District Attorney’s office under CAN-SPAM. Massachusetts is suing Carson for sending “thousands of messages with numerous violations, including misleading subject lines and failure to include a […]
On Friday afternoon the California Federal Court denied a request by King of Spam Scott Richter and his OptInRealBig for an injunction against anti-spam organization SpamCop.
AOL employee Jason Smathers has been arrested for stealing an AOL customer list containing 92 million AOL usernames and selling it to Las Vegas spammer Sean Dunaway. Police say that Dunaway, who was arrested as well, used the list to send spam about his online gambling business, and that he also sold the list to […]
Microsoft Corporation has been granted a patent on the “double click”. We kid you not.
The BBC reports today that the California Senate has passed SB 1822, aimed at limiting Google’s ability to scan email coming in to the users of their Gmail system, and also limiting Google’s ability to archive and sell the resulting information. Now, Aunty is old enough to remember some real wholesale intrusions on privacy, and […]
We had a really proud moment here this week, when Senator John McCain said, during the Senate Commerce Committee Hearings on the effectiveness of CAN-SPAM to date, “If the FTC can’t find the spammers, it should do the next best thing: go after the businesses that knowingly hire spammers to promote their goods and services…” Senator McCain is referring to Section 6 of CAN-SPAM, which holds those who knowingly advertise in spam responsible just as if they had sent the spam themselves.
In perhaps the most content-free press release which Aunty has ever seen, Scott Richter yesterday crowed about the TRO which was issued against SpamCop in the Richter v. SpamCop case, saying: “A Temporary Restraining Order (“TRO”) was issued today by the United States District Court, the Northern District of California, the Honorable Saundra Brown Armstrong, […]
The United States District Court for the Northern District of California today granted Scott Richter and his company, OptInRealBig, a restraining order against SpamCop and their parent company, Ironport Systems. Richter sued SpamCop less than two weeks ago, claiming that the anti-spam service was hurting his business and interfering with his contracts by causing his […]