The Implications of Excluding State Crimes from 47 U.S.C. § 230’s Immunity
Forbes Tertium Quid Blog, 2013
9 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2013 Last revised: 9 Sep 2013
Date Written: July 10, 2013
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
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