Danish Company Convicted And Fined For Spamming

Fonn Denmark was fined $2,200 for sending unsolicited E-mail ads
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- A small software company in Denmark was convicted and fined Thursday for sending unsolicited commercial E-mail, known as spam.

In the first such case in this Scandinavian country, the Maritime and Commercial Court in Copenhagen fined Fonn Danmark $2,200 under the country's ban on unsolicited advertising E-mail and faxes. The law was enacted in July 2000.

Investigators said the company had sent 156 advertising messages.

The ruling can be appealed. No one answered the phone at Fonn Danmark's office or replied to E-mails requesting comment.

"We would have like to see a bigger fine, but considering that we are talking about a very small company and the fact that it has only been found guilty of sending 156 advertisements, the fine isn't that bad," said Denmark's consumer ombudsman, Hagen Joergensen.

Denmark's government-run Consumer Agency sued the company after it received 50 complaints.