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Airbnb challenges New York law regulating short-term rentals

By Daisy Joo – Edited by Nehaa Chaudhari

Airbnb filed a complaint in the Federal District Court of the Southern District of New York seeking to “enjoin and declare unlawful the enforcement against Airbnb” of the recent law that prohibits  the advertising of short-term rentals on Airbnb and other similar websites.  Airbnb argued that the new law violated its rights to free speech and due process, and that it was inconsistent with Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects online intermediaries that host or republish speech from a range of liabilities.

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Posted On Nov - 14 - 2016 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Congresswoman Speier’s Revenge Pornography Bill: Crossing the First Amendment Line?

On July 14, 2016, Congresswoman Speier proposed the Intimate Privacy Protection Act, a bill designed to make revenge pornography a federal crime punishable with up to five years in prison. Although the current version is narrower in scope than previous iterations, there are still some concerns that this bill violates the First Amendment’s right to free speech.

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Posted On Jul - 25 - 2016 Comments Off READ FULL POST

In Balancing the First Amendment and Preventing Sex Trafficking, First Circuit Holds in Favor of Free Speech

By Yaping Zhang – Edited by Danielle Kehl

The First Circuit unanimously affirmed the dismissal of the claims of three victims of child sex trafficking against the website through which they had been prostituted. The court’s decision was based in the 1996 Communications Decency Act, under which a websites are not typically treated as the publisher or speaker of content posted on the site by others, and cannot be held liable for that content.

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Posted On Apr - 4 - 2016 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Unwanted Exposure: Civil and Criminal Liability for Revenge Porn Hosts and Posters

Written by: Susanna Lichter
Edited by: Suzanne Van Arsdale

Hollie Toups, the first named plaintiff in Toups v. GoDaddy, was harassed for weeks after nude pictures of her appeared on the website Texxxan.com alongside her real name and a link to her Facebook profile. When Toups requested that Texxxan.com remove the pictures, she was told by the website that they could help in exchange for her credit card information.[i] Texxxan.com is a “revenge porn” or “involuntary porn” website.[ii]

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Posted On May - 28 - 2013 2 Comments READ FULL POST
State Appeals Court Rules for Online Ticketing Site Under Federal Communications Law By Geng Chen – Edited by Lauren Henry Hill v. StubHub, Inc., NO. COA11-685, 2012 WL 696223 (N.C. App. Ct. March 6, 2012) Slip Opinion The Court of Appeals of North Carolina reversed the Guilford County Superior Court’s grant of summary judgment for the plaintiffs in an unfair and deceptive trade practices case arising out of the 2007 “Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana” concert tour. The trial court ... Read More...
Posted On Mar - 20 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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