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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

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

FCC Chairman announces proposal to classify internet TV services as cable providers

  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • October 30 2014

Over the past month, there have been many reports that the FCC would soon publish an NPRM classifying an online video distributor (OVD) that delivers

Company that distributed P2P software secondarily liable for massive infringement by users

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

A company that created and distributed a peer-to-peer file-sharing program that was used to distribute unauthorized copies of copyrighted music files on a "massive scale" is secondarily liable for acts of direct infringement on the part of the users of the program, a district court ruled

No CDA Section 230 immunity for claim that service provider promised to "take care of" defamatory posts

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

A plaintiff's allegation that an employee of an online service provider promised to "take care of" defamatory material is sufficient to state a cognizable promissory estoppel claim under California law that is not barred by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a state trial court judge 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

Web site addition of hyperlinks to a previously posted online article does not restart defamation statute of limitations

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

The addition of hyperlinks to an allegedly defamatory online article does not restart the statute of limitations for defamation, a district court ruled

Operator of BitTorrent P2P file-sharing network induced copyright infringement and is ineligible for DMCA safe harbors

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

The operator of a file-sharing network that utilized the BitTorrent file-sharing technology is secondarily liable for inducing copyright infringement by users of the network, a district court ruled

Advertiser protection under CDA Section 230 for user-generated online contest submissions held an issue for jury

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

Material issues of fact concerning an advertiser's role in the creation of user-generated videos submitted in an online contest preclude a grant of summary judgment on the issuer's defense under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a district court ruled

Under Pennsylvania law, no tort action lies for internet posting of external photographs of residence

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

Taking external photographs of a private residence and making the photographs available on a publicly accessible Web site does not give rise to a tort action under Pennsylvania law, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled