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The Implications of Excluding State Crimes from 47 U.S.C. § 230’s Immunity

9 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2013 Last revised: 9 Sep 2013

Eric Goldman

Santa Clara University - School of Law

Date Written: July 10, 2013

Abstract

In June 2013, the State Attorneys General signaled their intent to ask Congress to amend 47 U.S.C. 230, the federal law that says websites aren't liable for third party content. The State AGs want to exclude state criminal prosecutions from the immunity. This essay explains the problems such an amendment would create for the Internet user-generated content community.

Keywords: UGC, internet, immunity, 47 USC 230, communications decency act, user-generated content, state crimes, attorney general

JEL Classification: K14, K42, K2

Suggested Citation

Goldman, Eric, The Implications of Excluding State Crimes from 47 U.S.C. § 230’s Immunity (July 10, 2013). Forbes Tertium Quid Blog, 2013; Santa Clara Univ. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 23-13. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2287622

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