As Aunty reported to you all earlier this month here, the Motion Picture Association (MPA) is going on a lawsuit blitz, suing anyone they can get their hands on who has impermissibly downloaded even just one movie. This week it appears that their wide-dragging net caught a big fish, as they were awarded 23.8 million […]
As they promised that they would, the Motion Picture Assocation of America (MPAA) and their members have filed hundreds of lawsuits this week against people who have downloaded, traded, or otherwise pirated commercial movies. Like their brethern in the Recording Industry Assocation of America (RIAA), who filed hundreds of lawsuits against file-sharing users who had […]
They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If that’s true, then the Recording Industry Association of America should be very flattered, as the Motion Picture Assocation is following suit (pun intended). And certainly this will make a criminal lawyer or two happy. Undaunted by a recent Federal appeals court ruling saying that […]
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 of […]
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 […]