Millions of people worldwide use online services to communicate via e-mail; to post and read messages on bulletin boards; to receive news, financial information and updated sports scores; and to gather information. Nearly anyone with access to the Internet can post information without having the facts verified or the content edited, so it is extremely likely that if they post defamatory material, it can find its way around the world in a matter of minutes. Due to the anonymous nature of the Internet, the author of the defamatory material may never be discovered. Assuming the author cannot be traced, the question then becomes: Should an interactive computer service provider be held liable for the material it disseminates?
Sarah B. Boehm,
A Brave New World of Free Speech: Should Interactive Computer Service Providers Be Held Liable for the Information They Disseminate?,
Rich. J.L. & Tech
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