People who republish defamatory content online cannot be held liable for defamation even if they were warned about it, the California Supreme Court decided Monday. The decision marked a victory for Internet free speech advocates, who said it reaffirmed the proper interpretation of §230 of the federal Communications Decency Act. Writing for the court, Justice Carol Corrigan said the statute "serves to protect online freedom of expression and to encourage self-regulation, as Congress intended."
Calif. Supreme Court Shields Web Republishers
November 22, 2006