Sunday, April 25, 2004
Spam Fighter Habeas Wins One "Spam fighter Habeas won a legal judgment against William 'Billy' Carson in the United States District Court of Northern California, with the judge awarding damages of $104,103 and enjoining Carson from using the Habeas name and trademark.

Describing the defendant as 'a chronic e-mail abuser who makes a living by sending unwanted spam to consumers,' U.S. District Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong concluded that Carson's copying of Habeas' marks was 'egregious and specifically designed to circumvent the spam filters.'

Habeas fights spam by allowing authorized senders to include a copyrighted haiku poem, known as a warrant mark, in e-mail headers. The haiku indicates to spam filters that the accompanying message is not spam -- an effort to make sure that legitimate messages get through to recipients. When that haiku is used without Habeas' say-so, the company can file suit.

Armstrong awarded Habeas a total of $104,103.20, citing the 'incalculable damage' Carson caused to the company's goodwill."

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