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Legal Experts Absolve Craigslist On Sex Ads

Publication Date: 
March 23, 2007
Sacramento Bee
Clint Swett

Lauren Gelman, the Associate Director of the Center for Internet and Society, is quoted in this article about legal liability on the internet:

In fact, federal law specifically exempts online services from such liability, said Lauren Gelman, associate director of the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford University Law School.

Gelman said the federal Communications Decency Act, passed in 1996, exempts online services such as craigslist, America Online and Yahoo from liability for the content that their users post.

"If craigslist was accused of committing a criminal act, they would be liable," Gelman said. "But for hosting pictures, there wouldn't be any liability."

... Sites such as San Francisco-based craigslist, which publishes 14 million classified ads each month, would be nearly impossible to police for such content, Gelman said.