Microsoft has won a court case against a German spammer charged with forging e-mail and making it appear to come from Microsoft\u2019s hotmail.com domain.The regional appeals court in Karlsruhe found the person guilty of sending unsolicited mail and using Microsoft\u2019s trademark-protected Hotmail brand without the company\u2019s permission, Microsoft said Wednesday.The spammer, whose name was not disclosed, had been distributing spam to promote his pornographic website for several months before the German court clamped down. As part of the sentence, the convicted spammer agreed not to distribute forged e-mail using the Hotmail brand or face a 250,000-euro fine (US$314,000). In addition, he must provide Microsoft with detailed information about his e-mail promotional activities.Microsoft views the court ruling as one way to deal with spammers in Germany in the absence of an antispam law in the country. The ruling makes the misuse of a brand name in spam a criminal offense subject to prosecution, it said.Prior to the ruling, German spammers didn\u2019t have to worry about being prosecuted or having to pay high damages fees.-John Blau, IDG News Service (Dusseldorf Bureau)Related Links:\n\nMicrosoft Releases Spyware Tool While Rivals Bicker\n\nMr. Gates Goes to Washington\n\nMicrosoft Germany CEO Resigns Over Issues With HQThis article is posted on our Microsoft Informer page.\u00a0For more news on the Redmond, Wash.-based powerhouse, keep checking in.Check out our CIO News Alerts and Tech Informer pages for more updated news coverage.