January 30, 2007 5:40 PM PST

Alleged porn spammer settles with FTC

An alleged marketer of online porn has agreed to pay a $465,000 penalty to settle spam charges, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday.

Under a proposed settlement, TJ Web Productions has also agreed to adhere to federal spam laws, the FTC said in a statement. This means the company has promised to use the phrase "sexually explicit" in message subject lines and ensure that the initially viewable area of the message does not display explicit images.

Additionally, TJ Web Productions has promised that any unsolicited commercial e-mail will include an opportunity for recipients to opt out of receiving future e-mail and provide a postal address, the FTC said. The promises are all required by the FTC's Adult Labeling Rule and the Can-Spam Act.

The FTC and the Department of Justice went after TJ Web Productions as part of a crackdown on X-rated spam announced in July 2005. Seven companies have been charged with violating federal laws. Settlements with five of the operations have resulted in civil penalties totaling $1.62 million, the FTC said.

TJ Web Productions, based in Nevada, operated an "affiliate marketing" business through which it induced others to transmit commercial e-mail messages on its behalf, the FTC said. The settlement also requires that affiliates comply with it, or they will risk immediate termination from the program, the FTC said.

Despite the FTC's action and laws meant to control spam, more junk e-mail is being sent than ever before. Helped by drones of compromised computers, popularly called zombies, spammers turned 2006 into a record year for spam. During some months last year, more than 90 percent of all e-mail sent was junk, according to spam-blocking companies.

The proposed settlement has been filed in the U.S. District Court in Nevada for approval by a judge. It does not include any admission of wrongdoing by the defendant.

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Not enough action
It's so easy for these companies to pay their way out with money. How about crimnal charges instead
Posted by kyle172 (65 comments )
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More cash for the feds...
Probably because the government would prefer the cash windfall
over the cost of prosecution and imprisonment. (GW trying to raise
$$ for his adventures in Asia?) As with much of our government's
treatment of justice, this policy sucks.
Posted by imoretti (5 comments )
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Here's how the jail sentence should be calculated:
1.5 billion spam messages
X 0.25 minutes per message (avg. time wasted per recipient)
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713.47 years
Posted by vm019302 (85 comments )
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No "Alleged" to it!
Alleged spammers don't go around paying $465,000 just because of an allegation.

Thus the title should have read "Porn Spammer Settles with FTC".

Walt
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The FTC an endless insult .
Dear Readers, Today do something different and "TRY" to count all the way's in which the "American Government" Quote Looks out for your Interests ? It seem's they are in just about every Orifis Of My life here on earth EXCEPT WHERE IT Intersects with anything that has anything AT ALL to do with Petroleum OR Utilitys Thats GASOLINE HEATING AND YOUR LIGHT BILL . Oh Sure Our Beloved Law Enforcement has more Laws on the Books than The Bible has Letters ALL TO BETTER CONTROL YOU AND ME! BUT Why not sit back and count how many Laws they have on the Books to Better control The RAPE AND PLUNDER Of your American Dream Via your Petroleum Super Machine Folks ASK YOUR FACE in the bathroom Mirror Exactly where did the Super Mega Windfall Billions come from That the Petro Boyz Have Once Again Plundered away from the American Economy You know where it came from ? Your Savings account and Your Kids Education account that by the by you promised yourself you would return ASAP !! But how are you going to do that When the SOB in the WHITEHOUSE Is the very Terrorist He claims He is trying to Rid the world of ? What is He going to do KILL HIMSELF ? Well Long before that ever happens folks He will have Moved his entire family to the Super Ranch In Argentina that He sent His Daughter to purchase Yes didn't you know ? A C minus Student and Wannabe Big shot Business man Loser Named G.W.Bush who all by his lonesome Bankrupted two Companys AND THEN NEARLY FLUSHED THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS DOWN the Bankruptcy Highway Some how Made enough Mega Dollars to Purchase a 98K {thats 98 Thousand} Acre Super Ranch which is down the Road from Old Tricky Dick Cheneys AND THERE TOP SECRET DELTA FORCE STYLE Secuirty Firms Men in Black Jetport . Would you believe He had the Government of that land Declare that they can NEVER EVER Be extradicted to another Government to stand trial for ANY WAR CRIMES PERIOD ? Can you just imagine the Size Of BRASS this Retard Must have, to have been able to forsee something such as that UNLESS OF COURSE YOUR GUILTY AS SIN FROM THE GITTYUP ? So HOW DARE THE FTC INJECT ITSELF INTO THE INTERNET WHEN IT CAN BARELY FIND IT'S OWN WEEWEE WITH THE BOYZ AND GIRLS IT HAS NOW DOING THE LOOKING ? Sure if it's a mom and Pop operation they come down like Gangbusters But when It's Mr Freckin Texaco Or Mr EXXON THEY DO NADA ,ZIP,ZILCH,ZERO Then have the Bells to claim the prices are because of That 2 day Black out ? Can you imagine those SOBs had the Bells to try and claim the Cost increase was due to that black out ? As if a 2 day black out would ever put a dent in production BUT MR BUSH ALLOWED THAT AS WELL Then when WE THE PEOPLE FREAKED OUT The Nice Corrupt Scumbags at the FTC said they launched an investigation into that very charge and concluded there was NO PRICE GOUGING During that Black out time period WHAT ,,,,WHAT,,,, WHAT,,, If ever you wanted to look CORRUPT that was the one time You wanted to Opt on the SIDE OF WE THE PEOPLE .. But folks they are so Blantant now and Careless Because who is going to do anything to them ? NO ONE So why should any of them CARE ONE FRECK what it looks like to WE THE PEOPLE If yet once again the Investigation turns up Nothing WHO CARES ? WE ARE NOBODYS ! And if you Don't believe Me ask Mr Bush He only says it in every speech ! I say SCREW EM RIGHT WHERE THEY BREATH ....
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