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Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act

In order to understand differences between laws for libels online and laws for libels taking place in other platforms such as newspapers, we first need to understand a landmark piece of Internet legislation, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The § 230 exempts website

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A Historical Review of Cases Before and After the Enactment of The § 230

Before Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, there are two main internet libel cases related to service providers liability. The first one is Cubby, Inc. vs. CompuServe Inc. in 1991. In that case, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

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The Meaning of “Provide”

One case raised the question of the what “provide” means in the §230. In Ellen L. Batzel v. Ton Cremers, et al., the operator of a listserv and website published defamatory content provided by a third party through an email. The one who

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What If Service Providers Play An Important Role in Editing and Selecting Content

Even if the service providers are actively involved in processes such as selecting content for publication, courts have held that they are still granted the § 230 protection because that selecting and editing work does not make the service provider a

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Immunity for Individual Users of interactive Computer Services

We know that under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, “no provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.” From the cases, we see that

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