Symantec has sued Hotbar.com to get the right to remove its spyware programs. Over the past year Hotbar had launched five legal campaigns to stop Symantec from removing Hotbar spyware with Symantec anti-spyware tools on consumer PCs.
"Hotbar's claim that it has an inalienable right to do this is perverse," said Graham Titterington, principal analyst at Ovum.
"It would be good for the judge to go further and insist that adware purveyors pay for the time and resources they use without the permission of the owner, but that would be going beyond what we could reasonably hope for.
"We hope and expect that the traditional US respect for private property will triumph over modern day commercialism."