Online retailer goes to court over spyware

Online retailer has become the first company to use Utah's anti-spyware legislation has filed a claim in Utah, claiming alleged abuse by Massachusetts-based SmartBargains Inc. claims SmartBargains used spyware to open pop-up ads over the Overstock website when users browsed to its site in violation of the Utah Spyware Control Act (HB 323), which came into effect earlier this month.

Patrick Byrne, president of, said "Pop-up ads have been to Web browsing what spam is to email. Spyware hijacks not only consumer spending, but the commissions that would otherwise be paid to legitimate affiliate community."

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