Published by Thompson Bukher - March 23, 2012 - Firm News

The LA Times has consulted the firm’s Tim Bukher on its recent story dealing with Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

Section 230 grants immunity to certain hosts of third party internet content:

“The Internet is not anything like it was in 1996, and our laws are barely keeping pace,” said Tim Bukher, a New York lawyer specializing in Internet law and intellectual property.

He said Section 230 “provides immunity for websites that are passive conduits” — that is, not tampering in any way with users’ posts.

But when a dating site starts running background checks on applicants, or when a listings site actively seeks to block prostitutes and child molesters, or even when a newspaper site starts moderating comments, it’s questionable whether that site can still claim to be “passive.”

Read the full article here.

Tim Bukher leads the firm’s Intellectual Property and Internet & Data Practice Groups.

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