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court orders alleged spammer to pay $1-billion to Facebook

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  1. GLITCHED

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    By The Canadian Press
    MONTREAL - Spammers of the world, beware.
    A Montreal man has been ordered to pay Facebook $1 billion after allegedly spamming its members with a variety of messages including penis-enlargement ads.
    Quebec Superior Court upheld a ruling by a U.S. court that Adam Guerbuez owed the money for allegedly flooding people's Facebook pages with more than 4 million messages.
    The case is touted as a potential precedent-setter ? with some calling it the largest such penalty, by far, in Canadian legal history.
    But Facebook shouldn't hold its breath waiting for the money. Guerbuez says he's legally broke and therefore not compelled to give anything to the social-networking giant.
    "I don't have to," he said in an interview with The Canadian Press on Tuesday.
    "I officially declared bankruptcy and it was filed and put into effect over two months ago. This judgment was already deposed as part of the bankruptcy."
    A court in California ruled in 2008 that Guerbuez had violated U.S. anti-spam laws. He was ordered to pay Facebook $873,000 US ? or $100 in damages and $100 in penalties for each of the more than 4 million messages he allegedly sent.
    That works out to more than $1 billion Cdn. The penalty was upheld last week in the Quebec ruling.
    But Guerbuez said Tuesday he has never publicly admitted to posting the messages.
    Guerbuez's Canadian lawyer, Eric Potvin, said the U.S ruling was granted by default because Guerbuez didn't present a defence in the original case.
    Ironicially, Guerbuez said the experience has generally been positive for him and there's a book deal in the works about his case.
    Guerbuez, who described his job as an Internet marketing professional not a spammer, said people have offered him jobs and raised business opportunities with him.
    "The truth about this actually is that it's only helped me to become more of a public figure. It's been plenty of free publicity."
    Quebec Superior Court Justice Lucie Fournier also forbade Guerbuez from having a Facebook account or being involved in any way with the social-networking site.
    Guerbuez said he promotes a variety of products, including medication to treat such conditions as erectile dysfunction and enlarge men's genitals.
     
  2. nufaman

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    What kind of complete idiot goes around sending 4 million spam messages... while living in Canada?
     
  3. wrangler

    wrangler Regular Member

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    adamguerbuez.com - what a wanker.
     
  4. phatzilla

    phatzilla Supreme Member

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    what a fat ********
     
  5. david wright

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    This is a bunch of *****. Some guy doing internet marketing is ordered to pay a billion dollars while there are big companies that have ripped people off with nobody going to jail or getting such a big fine.

    What a wicked system that we are living in.
     
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    someone should spam his site
     
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  7. DFunny

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    That's ridiculous, $100 in damages for each spam message. What a joke.
     
  8. paincake

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    What a hypocrite - he declared bankruptcy, yet on his blog he's bragging about how he's eating at the most expensive restaurant... Fat piece of sh*t
     
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    if the courts can't tough his assets than there's nothing they can do. obviously he's offshoring
     
  10. CashFlowGuy

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    We live in a ********ed up system.
     
  11. ExtraWinner

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    He went bankruptcy - he will go to jail now for 1-2 years, and when he will come out he will enjoy his 5mil hidden in Cayman Bank...
    Niceee
     
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  12. wickedguy

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    Holy Grail!! Are they trying to shut down internet marketers? I don't believe in SPAM, I ONLY believe in internet marketing. To think a judge gives such a ruling while he just deletes the spam from his inbox. haha

    Why don't he sue the people who spam his inbox? If I count all MY spam, I would have retired by now if the spammers has only be fined $1 each! What a JOKE!
     
  13. hateandbreak

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    Let this be a Warning sign for you other Guys who send Those kinds of messages at huge Rates....Be careful unless you like taking on the media
     
  14. turbopugsleylx

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    Yeh but is 5 million worth dropping the soap? Thats the real question...
     
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    As I saw the headline I thought good luck with actually getting the money anytime soon... than I read the guy went bankrupt! This dude is smart. I like his style (but maybe not is methods I don't know). I love how many holes there are in the law if you know what your doing.
     
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    Yeah, they'll probably get that money, lol... I hate these shitty court orders
     
  17. audioinjection

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    We might as well be born in jail, if you consider where most regulations are heading.

    The average man signs so many damn waivers and agreements, and is held financially responsible for ANY folly. All, while trying to make a living in a world run by the "haves" and the rules come down on the "have not's".

    BH all the way. F#$! it.
     
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  18. test123test

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    good luck gettin the money before he has a heart attack.
     
  19. Fwiffo

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    so re:CAN-SPAM - I thought this applied only to email - how does it apply to facebook? and can it apply outside of that area? ie webspam?
     
  20. moremoney

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    This is absolute bullshit, the Quebec Superior Court of Justice don't give a ******** about all the spam I get on my blogs, If I had $100 for everyone of them I'd be a very rich man.