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Bodman

Negative Online Reviews of Your Business: Disgruntled Does Not Necessarily Mean Defamatory

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If you own a small business, someone has likely posted an online review of your company and its goods or services. From Yelp to TripAdvisor to Angie’s List to any number of websites tailored to particular industries or...more

Thompson Coburn LLP

Disinformation report suggests major legal reforms

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We’re suffering from “information disorder,” according to a report recently issued through the Aspen Institute. That’s not news. But how to solve this problem is the big issue, and the commission’s answer is that it will...more

Proskauer Rose LLP

The Law on Online Content Moderation and Where It's Headed

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Online platforms that allow users to post content face a constant choice: to remove or to not remove, to police or not to police. Shakespearean allusions aside, platforms generally want user engagement — to reach as many...more

Latham & Watkins LLP

UK Government Publishes Draft Online Safety Bill to Tackle Illegal and Harmful Content Online

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The proposals includes fines for non-compliance of up to the greater of £18 million or 10% of a provider’s annual global revenue. On 12 May 2021, the UK government published the Online Safety Bill (the Bill), which aims...more

Proskauer - New Media & Technology

Some Interesting CDA Section 230 Developments: A Novel FCRA Victory, a Negligent Design Exception and a Startling New State Law

In the past month, there have been some notable developments surrounding Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (“CDA” or “Section 230”) beyond the ongoing debate in Congress over the potential for legislative reform....more

Vinson & Elkins LLP

A New Filter For Section 230: Snapchat Court Joins Lawmakers In Chipping Away At Social Media Immunity

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Section 230(c)(1) of the Communications Decency Act (codified at 47 U.S.C. § 230 (“Section 230”)) has long been credited for the boom of user generated content on the internet — the crux of social media that has driven the...more

Williams Mullen

PODCAST: Williams Mullen's Trending Now: An IP Podcast - Advertising & Customer Engagement in the Digital Age - Customer Reviews...

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Would you like to re-post or otherwise use reviews left by customers? Is there a way to make sure customers don’t post bad reviews? What can a company do to protect itself from inappropriate or irrelevant content? Are there...more

Adrian Dayton

5 Reasons To Share Company Content On Personal LinkedIn Pages

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Are you wasting time sharing content to company pages? Maybe. Company pages just aren’t very effective. LinkedIn is all about the users. LinkedIn users care most about other users. It’s time you do, too. Originally...more

Womble Bond Dickinson

The Churl Nextdoor

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What gets us into trouble is not what we don’t know. It’s what we know for sure that just ain’t so. (Attributed (probably wrongly) to Mark Twain) - A funny thing happened to me on the way to this blog: I learned that what...more

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Section 230 Under Assault: It’s Not Just a Big Tech Problem

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) is once again at the center of a major political debate, with momentum building for an overhaul of the statute that many view as having served a critical role in the rise of...more

Wiley Rein LLP

Three Ways the SAFE TECH Act Would Amend Section 230

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While we are still in the infancy of the Biden Administration, it is clear that bipartisan desire to amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (“Section 230”) remains active. On February 8, 2021, Sen. Mark Warner...more

Pillsbury - Internet & Social Media Law Blog

Everything in Moderation: Artificial Intelligence and Social Media Content Review

Interactive online platforms have become an integral part of our daily lives. While user-generated content, free from traditional editorial constraints, has spurred vibrant online communications, improved business processes...more

Proskauer - New Media & Technology

Mobile App Platform Entitled to CDA Immunity over State Law Claims Related to In-App Purchases of Loot Boxes

Happy Silver Anniversary to Section 230 of Communications Decency Act (“CDA” or “Section 230”), which was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in February 1996. At that time, Congress enacted CDA Section 230 in response...more

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[Webinar] The Wave of Multimedia in eDiscovery Is Here. How Well Can You Swim? - March 23rd, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

No longer is multimedia content – audio and video – a pending wave in the distance. With cell phone data, voice-prompt operating systems like Amazon Alexa, and all of the user-generated social media and chat platform content,...more

Holland & Knight LLP

Advertising on Social Media Regulation: Comments from an FTC Official

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Holland & Knight hosted Michael Ostheimer, a senior attorney for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), for a webinar presentation on Feb. 16, 2021. Ostheimer has been with the FTC for three decades, currently serving as a...more

Pillsbury - Internet & Social Media Law Blog

The Misinformation of Capitol Hill: Section 230 and the Weaponization of Social Media

Social media has experienced an unprecedented growth in popularity and usage since its inception. This is owed in large part to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Unlike their print counterparts, internet...more

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Senators Propose Substantial Revisions to Section 230's Protections for Online Providers

On February 5, 2021, three Democratic Senators released the SAFE TECH Act, which aims to require online service providers to address fraud, harassment, and the use of social media to organize extremist violence. If passed,...more

Spirit Legal

Textgenerator – urheber- und medienrechtliche Fragen

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Rechtsanwalt Dr. Jonas Kahl und der Jurist Hans-Christian Gräfe haben im Rahmen der Digitalen Herbstakademie 2020 der DSRI (Deutsche Stiftung für Recht und Informatik) zum Thema „Textgenerator - Medien- und urheberrechtliche...more

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Should CDA Section 230 Be Changed?

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In the current environment of reckoning for the societal power of Big Tech, one threat seems ever-present on the tongues of those who would cut these companies down to size. Enacting this threat is likely to have the opposite...more

Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC

Decoded: Technology Law Insights - Issue 12, December 2020

Loeffler, Cotton Release Bill to Hold Tech Companies Accountable for Child Exploitation, Allow Victims to Sue - "It would amend the US code to strip Section 230 protections from tech companies." Why this is important:...more

Proskauer - New Media & Technology

CDA “Reform” on the Horizon: Investors and Operators Take Note

The appetite for acquisitions and investment in online businesses has never been stronger, with many of the most attractive online opportunities being businesses that host, manage and leverage user-generated content. These...more

Jackson Walker

US Supreme Court Grabs Attention of Tech Giants as Past Immunity Granted by Section 230 Is Called Into Question

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While this was a big week for the United States Supreme Court with the confirmation of Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett, Justice Clarence Thomas’ written statement following the Court’s October 12, 2020, decision in...more

Mintz - ML Strategies

Twitter, Facebook, Google Heads Testify on Section 230 and Local Journalism

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On Wednesday, October 28, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a much-anticipated hearing titled, “Does Section 230’s Sweeping Immunity Enable Big Tech Bad Behavior?” The witness line-up featured...more

Williams Mullen

[Webinar] CLE Institute - Advertising and Customer Engagement in the Digital Age - November 12th, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

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Social media and influencers. Online feedback and electronic oversight. Data protection and privacy. Managing the legal issues surrounding doing business online is a significant concern for many in-house counsel. Join us for...more

Robins Kaplan LLP

Financial Daily Dose 10.28.2020 | Top Story: Big Tech CEOs to Face Senators Today Over Section 230 and Content Monitoring

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A handful of tech’s biggest leaders—the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, and Google, to be precise—descend upon the Hill today for a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on content monitoring and Section 230, the “slim and powerful...more

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Privacy Officer
JD Supra, LLC
150 Harbor Drive, #2760
Sausalito, CA 94965

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Privacy Officer
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Sausalito, CA 94965

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Changes in Our Privacy Policy

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Contacting JD Supra

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How We Use Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies

We use cookies and other tracking technologies to:

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Updates to This Policy

We may update this cookie policy and our Privacy Policy from time-to-time, particularly as technology changes. You can always check this page for the latest version. We may also notify you of changes to our privacy policy by email.

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