55 Academics and Advocates Urge NAFTA Trade Negotiators To Add Internet Immunity

55 scholars and organizations submitted a letter to NAFTA negotiators from Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. encouraging them to incorporate Section 230-like protection into NAFTA’s proposed digital trade chapter. Here is the SCU media alert: * * * Fifty-five Internet law experts…

A Patent For Geotagging IP Packets Raises Important Internet Law Questions (Guest Blog Post)

by guest blogger Marketa Trimble On September 12, 2017, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a patent on a technology that could significantly affect the functioning of the internet and the course of internet-related law and policy, and achieve an…

Commemorating the 20 Year Anniversary of Zeran v. AOL

Commemorating the 20 Year Anniversary of Zeran v. AOL

You’re probably already quite familiar with the Fourth Circuit’s 1997 in Zeran v. AOL. The case is one of the most cited Internet Law cases of all time, and it is a staple of Internet Law course syllabi around the country and…

How SESTA Undermines Section 230's Good Samaritan Provisions

How SESTA Undermines Section 230’s Good Samaritan Provisions

The following is my response to Questions for the Record submitted by Sen. Cortez Masto. Given that she has already co-sponsored SESTA following the Manager’s Amendment and IA’s flip, my response may be too late to matter (not that it would…

US Court Protects Google From Canadian Court's Delisting Order--Google v. Equustek

US Court Protects Google From Canadian Court’s Delisting Order–Google v. Equustek

[It’s impossible to blog about Section 230 without reminding you that it remains highly imperiled.] Datalink allegedly misappropriated Equustek’s trade secrets to develop competitive products. Equustek sued Datalink in Canadian courts and obtained various court orders. The Datalink principal fled Canada…

Conference Announcement: “Content Moderation & Removal at Scale,” SCU, Feb. 2

I’m pleased to announce “Content Moderation & Removal at Scale,” a conference we’ll be holding on campus on February 2, 2018.  I anticipate a full house, so we’ve set a registration cap. When we reach the cap, we will put…

Section 230’s Applicability to ‘Inconsistent’ State Laws (Guest Blog Post)

by guest blogger Cary Glynn [Eric’s intro: in the SESTA debates, occasionally there has been some confusion about how Section 230 interacts with state criminal laws. This issue is addressed by Section 230(e)(3), and Harvard Law 3L Cary Glynn is…

New Essay: The Ten Most Important Section 230 Rulings

[It’s impossible to blog about Section 230 without reminding you that it remains highly imperiled.] I’ve posted a new essay entitled “The Ten Most Important Section 230 Rulings.” It will be published in the Tulane Journal of Technology & Intellectual Property. Everyone loves…

My Senate Testimony on SESTA + SESTA Hearing Linkwrap

My Senate Testimony on SESTA + SESTA Hearing Linkwrap

Last week, the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on the Stop Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 (SESTA). I testified as an academic expert on Section 230. My remarks: * * * I appreciate this opportunity to testify about…

Congress Is About To Ruin Its Online Free Speech Masterpiece (Cross-Post)

Congress Is About To Ruin Its Online Free Speech Masterpiece (Cross-Post)

[Before last week’s Senate hearing on SESTA, I posted a version of this blog post on the ACS Blog. This has been partially superseded by my Senate testimony, which I’ll post more about shortly.] In 1996, Congress became concerned that excessive liability…