Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Protection for Web Publishers

Protection for Web Publishers - New York Times: "The California Supreme Court said yesterday that Internet publishers could not be held liable if they posted defamatory comments written by others, a victory for online companies like Google and AOL.

The court, in a unanimous decision, said those claiming defamation could sue only the original source of the comments, not publishers or distributors, even if the distributor was an individual. Internet users are protected by the same 1996 Communications Decency Act that grants immunity against defamation claims to publishers in most circumstances, the court said, overturning a San Francisco appeals court."

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