Amicus Brief of Cybersecurity Law Professors in Enigma Software v. Malwarebytes
19 Pages Posted: 20 Nov 2019
Date Written: November 7, 2019
In Enigma Software v. Malwarebytes, the Ninth Circuit ruled that 47 U.S.C. 230(c)(2)(B) does not protect anti-threat classification decisions that are allegedly based on "anti-competitive animus." This amicus brief, joined by 7 professors, explains how the Ninth Circuit's ruling makes the Internet less safe. Many anti-threat software programs are, in fact, rogue software that should be classified as threats. Those classification decisions will create greater legal risk, and that will discourage legitimate anti-threat vendors from labeling rogue software as threats. To ensure that anti-threat software vendors can continue to vigorously protect consumers from rogue software, the amicus brief urges the Ninth Circuit to rehear the case.
Keywords: malware, spyware, viruses, spam, adware, rogue software, scareware, crapware, bloatware, 47 usc 230, section 230, cda, threats, amicus brief, cybersecurity, ransomware, competition, antitrust,
JEL Classification: D18, D82, K21, K42, L4
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