Ruling Extends Online Protections to State Law Violation

A 9th Circuit ruling in a case involving an adult publisher appears to have delivered broader legal protections for online service providers against lawsuits. In late March, the 9th Circuit concluded that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which has proven to be a critical defense for Internet service providers and Web publishers, can also shield service providers when they are confronted with allegations that their users violated state laws, such as right of publicity and trademark statutes.

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