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Spam may have been sleazy but it sure wasn’t cheap

An Internet-based provider of sexually explicit entertainment has agreed to pay a $465,000 civil penalty for sending unwanted e-mail, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced Tuesday. The settlement with TJ Web Productions LLC is the fifth after the FTC announced a crackdown on sexually explicit e-mail spam in July 2005, when the agency charged seven companies with violating a U.S. law requiring warning labels on sexually explicit e-mail. Sexually explicit e-mails sent by TJ Web affiliates have been “widely distributed” since May 2004, according to an FTC complaint (PDF format). Full Story

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