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    Default Internet Defamation - Research Project

    I am a fourth year law student currently working on my Final Year Project. The project will cover internet defamation, particularly the liability of ISPs (which has been sufficiently covered in academic commentary), but I would also like to take a look at liability of owners of discussion forums etc.

    The groundwork is done and I was wondering whether you could refer me to any (ideally recent) online articles or other online sources dealing with

    * relevant developments regarding ISP liability since Godfrey v Demon Internet in Britain

    * relevant developments regarding ISP liability since the decision in Prodigy Services (USA)

    * liability for defamation of owners (other than ISPs) of discussion forums and boards (such as this one :wink: )

    * any other sources that you may think might be of benefit to my research.

    Thanks a lot!

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    Default Communications Decency Act & Webmaster Immunities

    One of the portions of the Communications Decency Act that was not struck down as unconstitutional provides broad immunities for webmasters who host public forums:
    Quote Quoting CDA, Section 230(c)(1)
    (1) Treatment of publisher or speaker

    No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.
    That gives webmasters a rather broad immunity from liability for defamatory content posted by others. See, e.g., Zeran v AOL.

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    Default Thanks!

    Thanks aaron - I guess that sorts the situation in the US and lets me indulge on the situation in Britain and Europe

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