The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Western Division, awarded Symantec the judgment against Baltimore-based company, which was, the court found, selling counterfeit copies of Norton AntiVirus, Norton SystemWorks and other applications through a spam campaign.
As part of the settlement of the case, Maryland Internet Marketing CEO George Moore is personally required to pay $300,000 in damages, according to Symantec. The court also barred Moore and his company from selling unauthorized Symantec products in the future.
Moore could not be reached for comment.
Maryland Internet Marketing may have also aggravated the support desk at Symantec. After Symantec shut down one spammer in Maryland earlier this year, support calls dropped from 1,500 a day to 800, Matthew Moynahan, vice president of product management at Symantec, said.
Moore and his company wrangled withactivists at Johns Hopkins University earlier this year. Francis Uy, a Web coordinator at the school, posted Moore's phone number and address on a Web site that purported to list Maryland's most wanted spammers.
Moore sued, claiming that he was getting harassed by incessant phone calls and messages as a result of the posting. A court said the calls did not legally constitute harassment, but Moore said he planned to appeal.
Although some of the conduct allegedly engaged in by Maryland Internet Marketing falls within the ambit of the, Symantec is a vigorous critic of the bill, claiming that it is unenforceable. Instead, CEO recommends forcing carriers to monitor spam traffic or charge spammers.
"If you are going to send all of this crap over my network, damn right, you should pay for it," Thompson said during a question-and-answer session at Comdex last month. At least with junk snail mail, "you know someone had to put it together and send it."
Cupertino, Calif.-based Symantec filed suit against Maryland Internet Marketing in April of 2003 for claims of trademark infringement, copyright infringement and false advertising.
Symantec won similar victories againstand eCommerce this past fall. In the CD Micro case, a court awarded Symantec $10 million against the company and its CEO.