by Anne Broache , Staff Writer, CNET News.com | Published: 8/10/05
Gold bars, cash and a fully loaded Hummer H2 are among the prizes AOL is offering as it celebrates a settlement with a spammer.
Both AOL members and non-members--all of whom will have a chance to win the goods--can thank the Can-Spam Act.
The law, which has not gone without criticism, not only arms Internet service providers with legal weapons against those who fire off unsolicited e-mail, it also allows courts to seize any property that a convicted spammer has obtained using money made through the offense. Any equipment, software, or technology used for illicit purposes is also fair game.
AOL obtained the goods as part of a settlement earlier this year in the first lawsuit it filed under the Can-Spam Act, in a case involving a then-20-year-old New Hampshire resident.
From Wednesday until Aug. 19, people can sign up online for a chance at winning the goods. A winner will be announced shortly after the enrollment period ends.
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