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'Spam King' pays Microsoft $7 million

by Nikola Strahija on August 10th, 2005 The lawsuit Microsoft has raised against "King of Spam" Scott Richter, was settled when Richter promised to pay the software giant $7 million for sending an estimated 38 billion e-mails a year.

Richter and his online marketing company,, will pay the sum to settle a lawsuit brought again Richter in December 2003. OptInBig will also comply with US federal anti-spam laws and stop sending spam to anyone who does not opt in to receive marketing e-mails.

After refunding its legal costs, Microsoft will give $5 million of the settlement money back into fighting Internet crime. The money will be used for providing technical training and forensic assistance to law enforcement staff and developing new technology tools. Further $1 million will provide computers for poor children at community centres in the state of New York.

-The case shows that strong partnerships between governments and the private sector are vital for fighting spam and other Internet problems, Brad Smith, Microsoft's general counsel, said. -This one legal victory will not end spam, but it is a relief to know that the magnitude of spam attacks need no longer be measured on this particular Richter scale, he said.

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