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CDA Section 230 protects web site operator from liability for user's defamatory post, despite general statement on web site concerning accuracy of information

  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • July 29 2010

A general statement on a Web site to the effect that posted information was truthful and accurate did not deprive the Web site operators of protection from liability for defamatory statements posted by third parties under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a Texas appeals court ruled

Federal CAN-SPAM Act preempts claim under Illinois anti-spam law that e-mail utilizing tracking technology was misleading

  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • May 5 2011

A claim under the Illinois anti-spam law that the heading on a promotional e-mail was misleading because it failed to warn the recipient that the e-mail sender utilized tracking technology is preempted by the federal CAN-SPAM Act, a district court ruled

Despite liability disclaimer, domain name registrar may be liable for social engineering hack of domain name

  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • September 30 2010

A domain name registrar may be liable for damages sustained by a search engine as a result of a social engineering exploit that enabled a hacker to obtain control of the search engine's domain name and redirect traffic to the hacker's political site, a district court ruled

Web site owner's assertion of CDA Section 230 in response to defamation claim not an extortionate threat

  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • September 30 2010

A Web site operator's assertion of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act in response to a demand that allegedly defamatory third-party content be removed from its consumer complaint site does not constitute an extortionate threat under California law, a district court ruled

Logo, copyright notice and link on web site constitute copyright management information under DMCA

  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • September 30 2010

A photographer's name, logo and link on a Web site containing copyrighted photographs constitute copyright management information within the scope of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. 1202, a district court ruled

Limited damages available under DMCA 512(f) for wrongful takedown notice

  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 14 2010

Although DMCA 512(f) allows an award of "any damages" for wrongful removal of alleged infringing material as a result of misrepresentations to a service provider, such damages "must be proximately caused by the misrepresentation to the service provider and the service provider's reliance on the misrepresentation," a district court ruled

New York Insurance Department opinion controls validity of electronic signature on clickwrap insurance application

  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 14 2010

The New York State Insurance Department may impose a requirement that an insurance company verify the identity of a person providing an electronic signature on an online application for insurance, notwithstanding the less restrictive definition of an electronic signature in the New York Electronic Signatures and Records Act, a district court ruled

No DMCA or trademark liability for provider of online printing services for removal of material deemed infringing

  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • July 29 2010

An online printing services provider is not liable for removal of user content that it deems infringing or otherwise objectionable, a district court ruled

Early termination fee in contract for internet access not an invalid liquidated damages clause under California law

  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • January 11 2011

An early termination fee contained in a contract for Internet access services for a defined period is not an invalid liquidated damages clause under Cal. Civ. Code Section 1671, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled

CDA 230 protects blog owner from liability for third-party comment

  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • May 5 2011

The court ruled the owner of a blog is not liable for an alleged defamatory comment even if the owner viewed and approved the comment prior to publication on the blog