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MySpace wins $230 million anti-spam judgment

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by CapMorgan, May 16, 2008.

  1. CapMorgan

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    They e-mailed other MySpace members, he said, "asking them to check out a cool video or another cool site. When you (got) there, they were making money trying to sell you something or making money based on hits or trying to sell ring tones."

    MySpace said the pair sent more than 730,000 messages to MySpace members, many made to look like they were coming from trusted friends, giving them an air of legitimacy. Under the 2003 federal anti-spam law known as CAN-SPAM, each violation entitles MySpace to $100 in damages, tripled when conducted "willfully and knowingly."

    Collins awarded the amounts sought by MySpace: $157.4 million jointly against Rines and Wallace and an additional $63.4 million against Rines under CAN-SPAM ? plus $1.5 million more against the pair under California's anti-phishing law and $4.7 million in attorneys fees. MySpace said it was entitled to another $3 million from Rines and Wallace under a different section of CAN-SPAM.
     
  2. unlimitedpostings

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    WOW, Their operation probably made them some decent money, but I bet it's no where near what they're going to need to get out of this debt... OUCH!
     
  3. sweetestkate

    sweetestkate Newbie

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    Wow that's crazy. That's a ton of money. I wonder if they can pay it or not.
     
  4. DrinkMe

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    Myspace probably will get very little from them. They simply cant pay 230 million. I think its more of a deterrent, than them actually collecting the money. Im sure its working.
     
  5. Jax71

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    I guess they overdid it and way to obvious as well, haha.
     
  6. Balrog

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    Hmmm, what if they sent private messages instead of emails, would they be punished?

    CAN-SPAM is only email-related, or can we be punished also for spreading Private Messages on social networks etc?

    Regards
     
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    If those guys were smart they are laughing about this trial somewhere in the Caribbean living off their money. If myspace was bringing a suit against me because i made a lot of money my ass would be an ex-pat in no time. Put me on trial in absentia, bitches!
     
  8. ChanzGrande

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    Seriously of concern - Many of us should take note of this, and consider if there are implications that extend beyond the obvious. I'd hate to see someone make 10-50K only to be hit with heavy penalties or sanctions in the 6 or 7 digit range.
     
  9. booman

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    1. They were sending emails, which is what violates the CanSpam act.
    2. The article said MySpace will probably never collect a dime.
    3. They will never get rid of internet spam.

    Now get back to work!
     
  10. Stoner47

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    Come on guys, they won by DEFAULT, meaning the guys didnt show up..
    They could have asked for a Billion Gazillion dollars and still got that...
    If you ask me this was all just HYPE more then anything, they knew these guys would not show up..Then the fuckers claim it to be a LANDMARK, and for other to be warned.
    The only warning one would get form this is to show up and state your case and not let the big bully FOX fuckers get away with shit like this... Come on man " $4.7 million in attorneys fees " Do you think this is a real number? Even if they did show up in court, they still have to get the money from them if they won, and thats another case in itself..

    "" MySpace said the pair sent more than 730,000 messages to MySpace members, many made to look like they were coming from trusted friends, giving them an air of legitimacy.""

    Fuck im sure this number is also false, in order to not show the real scope of what these guys were doing..Dude I know guys that were doing that number every day...LMFAO..

    One more thing i dont get is this>>>
    There was no telephone listing for Wallace in the Las Vegas area, to which he moved in 2004 to pursue night club promotion work. Service was disconnected for two listed numbers for Rines in Stratham, N.H., his last known address; a third number in Stratham was unlisted.<<<<

    This so called spam was done back in Dec 06 as quoted on another news post.
    If these guys have not been seen since 2004, how the fuck were they even given the court order or caught for the actions? For all we know these are just names they picked from a fucking hat and decided to go after them...

    I SMELL fucking BS in this whole thing..
    ALL HYPE MAN...

    I'm sure Scott Richter is going to show up on his day..
    Also im also sure that the FOX fuckers are going to use this LANDMARK case
    against Scott in his case. Bet thats also why they went ahead with this case before Scotts, cuz they new what the outcome would be..Funny that Scott was accused before these guys and they went up first..

    Yeah, it all smells PHISHY !!!
     
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    How could they possible expect them to pay that much money from that much amount of spam?
     
  12. metalan1

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    They will get nowhere near $230 million. They will be lucky if they even get a penny, I'm sure they cashed out all of their assets by now anyway.