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DirectRevenue Settle With FTC

FTC Press Release

The settlement calls for $1.5 million to be paid in fines for questionable installation and removal tactics of the DirectRevenue adware. There are also clauses regarding how the adware can be distributed in the future as well as ads being displayed through “legacy” installations. The Commission vote to accept the settlement was 4-1. The dissenting vote came from Jon Leibowitz (who has publicly called for the reporting of advertisers using adware to shame those financially supporting adware) on the grounds he felt the monetary fines were to little, as DirectRevenue as profitted by more than $20 million. Public comments are open to the FTC until March 21, 2007.

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