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Kaspersky Can Call Your Crap Spyware Anything They Like
Court rules in favor of AV firm in latest semantic lawsuit...
by Karl Bode 09:06AM Thursday Aug 30 2007 Tipped by FFH See Profile
For many years, we've written some highly critical reports about Spyware vendors, some of whom would then e-mail us asking us to stop referring to their product as Spyware. Claria Corporation was perhaps the worst offender in this regard, threatening to sue anyone (AV Vendors or the press) who called their Gator spyware what it actually was.

It has all been part of a massive attempt by the spyware industry to hoist some kind of pseudo-legitimacy on a sector that spent almost a decade trampling user rights and privacy. As part of this push, Zango (formerly 180Solutions) recently sued Kaspersky over using the Spyware tag, but a court has dismissed the lawsuit:
"In the latest ruling on one of these cases (in which Zango sued Kaspersky), the ruling makes it clear we already have such a law on the books. The judge dismissed the lawsuit, noting that security firms have every right to label software as they see fit, citing part of section 230 of the Communications Decency Act."
Specifically, the court ruled that AV companies are protected under statute 47 USC 230(c)(2), which defines the AV vendor as an interactive computer service provider and immune to such semantic lawsuits by the spy-infectious-disease-spew-ware industry.

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Oh Yea!

I just hate it when I buy their AV software,
and then it goes and scans my system for viruses,
and then sometimes it finds some viruses and cleans them up.

That's tricky, let me tell you.

And my keyboard is all crappy and nasty,
dirty, I'd call it.

Yea, this whole Kaspersky thing is tricky and dirty, allright.

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