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Ninth Circuit Holds Website Can Lose DMCA Safe Harbor by Using Moderators

Earlier this month, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that an online provider may become ineligible for the safe harbor provided by Section 512(c) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act if its moderators help select...more

Second Circuit Denies Section 230 Immunity for Acts of Affiliate Marketers

The Second Circuit became the third federal appellate court ever to deny immunity under Section 230 of the Communications Act, 47 U.S.C. § 230, which provides broad protection for content supplied to websites by their users....more

First Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Lawsuit Against Backpage.com, Confirms Broad Scope of Section 230 Immunity

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit this week delivered a resounding victory for websites dependent on a federal immunity from claims based on content posted by third parties. Broadly interpreting Section 230 of...more

State Supreme Court Strikes Down Washington’s Anti-SLAPP Statute

The Washington Supreme Court in May struck down the state’s 2010 anti-SLAPP statute, holding in a unanimous opinion that the law violates the state constitution’s right to a jury trial and is invalid on its face. The...more

Shooting the Messenger? Websites could face greater liability for third-party content in the EU

Three developments in the last two months suggest websites face greater liability for content authored by third parties in the European Union—including reader comments, posts on message boards and social networks, and search...more

State Supreme Court Strikes Down Washington’s Anti-SLAPP Statute

The Washington Supreme Court this morning invalidated the state's broad anti-SLAPP statute, holding in a unanimous opinion that the law violates the constitutional right to a jury trial. The decision strikes the statute in...more

Taming the “Wild West” in the Far East: China Extends Protections for Privacy and Reputation to the Internet, Heightens the Risk...

Although laws targeting Internet-based content have lagged behind in China, the Chinese government has made sweeping changes over the past two years—most recently last fall—that extend offline legal protections to the virtual...more

California’s “Online Eraser” Law for Minors to Take Effect Jan. 1, 2015

On Jan. 1, 2015, California’s “Online Eraser” law will take effect, requiring websites and other online service operators to delete on demand any content posted by minors. The law also prohibits such operators from sharing...more

Section 230 Does Not Apply to Allegations that Website for Models Failed to Warn Plaintiff About Potential for Rape

The 9th Circuit earlier this month decided that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, 47 U.S.C. § 230, does not bar claims that a networking website for models failed to warn a member that a third party might use the...more

California Court of Appeal Rules Models’ Right of Publicity Claims Assignable, Not Preempted by Copyright Act

The California Court of Appeal held earlier this month that certain right of publicity claims are freely assignable, and that the Copyright Act does not preempt a right of publicity claim where the defendant has no legal...more

U.S. House Approves Law Targeting Sex Trafficking Ads, Threatens to Undermine Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act

On May 20, 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation Act of 2014 (“SAVE Act”). If enacted, the bill would expose websites and other media to federal criminal penalties for...more

European Union’s Highest Court Rules Google Must Remove Links Containing Personal Data

In a significant and concerning decision, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) has endorsed the so-called “right to be forgotten” and ruled that, in some circumstances, search engines can be compelled to remove search result...more

Court of Appeals Rejects Constitutional Challenges to Anti-SLAPP Statute, Affirms Dismissal of Lawsuit Targeting Allegedly...

In one of the first published decisions to interpret Washington’s new anti-SLAPP statute, the Washington Court of Appeals this week affirmed a trial court’s dismissal of a lawsuit that arose from a consumer boycott of Israeli...more

4/9/2014  /  Anti-SLAPP , First Amendment

Ninth Circuit Recognizes Copyright Interest in Actor’s Performance in Response to Fatwa to Justify Takedown of Video

The Ninth Circuit became the first federal appellate court to hold that an actor has a copyright interest in her performance, holding that a district court abused its discretion in denying a motion for preliminary...more

Blurred Lines: Ninth Circuit Applies Same First Amendment Protections to Bloggers as Traditional Media

The Ninth Circuit last week became the first federal court of appeals to find that bloggers are entitled to the same First Amendment protections as traditional print and broadcast media when sued for defamation. Obsidian Fin....more

1/24/2014  /  Blogs , Defamation , First Amendment , Media

Ninth Circuit Declines to Reconsider Applicability of Anti-SLAPP Statute in Federal Court

Thanksgiving arrived early for those who use California’s anti-SLAPP statute to fight meritless claims targeting free speech and petition rights. On Nov. 27, 2013, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reconsider its...more

Court Denies Section 230 Immunity to TheDirty.com for User Posts, Setting Stage for Battle in Sixth Circuit

On Aug. 12, 2013, a federal court in Kentucky held that the website TheDirty.com can be liable for comments posted by third parties, refusing to rule as a matter of law that the site is immune under Section 230 of the...more

What Publishers and Broadcasters Need to Know About Washington’s New Correction Law

On July 28, 2013, Washington’s version of the Uniform Correction or Clarification of Defamation Act will take effect. Designed to give incentives to publishers and prospective libel plaintiffs to settle their disputes before...more

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