French spammer given EUR 22,000 fine

9th June 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 8 (AFP) - The Paris commercial court has ordered a French entrepreneur to pay EUR 22,000 (USD 27,000) in damages and interest for having sent out a flood of unsolicited e-mail messages, or spam, the US online service provider AOL said Tuesday.

PARIS, June 8 (AFP) - The Paris commercial court has ordered a French entrepreneur to pay EUR 22,000 (USD 27,000) in damages and interest for having sent out a flood of unsolicited e-mail messages, or spam, the US online service provider AOL said Tuesday.

The court also said he would have to pay EUR 1,000 for any spam message sent out following the ruling, according to AOL, which lodged the complaint in conjunction with software giant Microsoft.

The sender, a direct marketing specialist, was an AOL subscriber and was alleged to have created electronic addresses with Microsoft's free e-mail service Hotmail, using a false identity.

Despite a move by AOL to close down his account, he used the identity of a third person to create new accounts and sent out additional spam messages, according to AOL.

Both AOL and Microsoft warned in February that they would go to court in France to put a halt to spamming.

© AFP

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