Friday, March 28, 2014

Proposed Federal revenge porn law would circumvent Section 230, possibly leading to frivolous takedowns

US News has an update on “revenge porn” legislation, in an article by Steven Nelson, about legislation in Congress proposed and about to be introduced by Jackie Speier (D-CA) criminalizing the posting of revenge porn.  It’s not clear yet how narrow the legislation would be, but it probably won’t involve “ordinary” images of activities in bars and discos.   The link is here
  
By making posting of this material a federal law violation, Congress removes Section 230 protection from service providers because federal law violations are not encompassed.  State laws are, however, which is one reason why states attorneys general want to exempt their own laws from this umbrella.  So state laws against revenge porn cannot be as effective.
  
Critics fear that ISP’s would have to take down material based on frivolous complaints.   

  
In another matter that involves the ethics of lobbying and familial partisanship, GOP donor Sheldon Anderson is campaigning to restore the complete federal ban on online gambling, presumably because of some entrenched interests in the casino industry (not consistent).  Online gaming is legal in New Jersey, Delaware and Nevada.  The link to the story by Nicholas Confessore and Eric Lipton is here

I gave up my old “hppub.com” domain name in 2005 and it was then used by an online gaming site, leading to some misleading leftover links from my own “doaskdotell.com” site in use now.  

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