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LA Times Consults the Firm's Tim Bukher
Posted By: Handal & Morofsky | Posted On: Mar 23, 2012

Today the Los Angeles Times business section ran an article, "Dating websites get matched up with some accountability," about the latest move by dating giants Match.com and eHarmony to institute a program screening for sex offenders (we discussed this development, and how it implicates Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act on our blog).

The article consulted Tim Bukher with regard to the Section 230 implications of this latest move:

"The Internet is not anything like it was in 1996, and our laws are barely keeping pace," said Tim Bukher, a New York lawyer specializing in Internet law and intellectual property.

He said Section 230 "provides immunity for websites that are passive conduits" — that is, not tampering in any way with users' posts.

But when a dating site starts running background checks on applicants, or when a listings site actively seeks to block prostitutes and child molesters, or even when a newspaper site starts moderating comments, it's questionable whether that site can still claim to be "passive."


Access the entire article here.

 


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