MySpace, The settle lawsuit

NEW YORK (Reuters) - News Corp.’s popular social network MySpace said on Thursday it has settled a lawsuit it filed against The for sending junk mail to its members.

Details of the settlement were not disclosed by News Corp., although a regulatory filing from the earlier this month showed it agreed to pay MySpace $2.55 million to settle the suit.

MySpace sued the once high-profile community Web site, charging it with violating state and federal anti-junk mail, or anti-spam laws, by sending close to 400,000 unsolicited e-mails to MySpace users from 95 fake accounts.

By February 2007, a U.S. district judge in Los Angeles said The, was liable for violating three separate provisions of a federal spam law.

They included the transmission of e-mails with false and misleading information, e-mails without physical address information, and e-mails that were sent automatically to random recipients.

The federal court said MySpace was entitled to $5.5 million in damages.