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Harvard Law School student Cary A. Glynn and Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr partner Patrick J. Carome.

Zeran v. AOL may not be a household name, but it is the Internet’s most important landmark ruling. This seminal court case, which was the first to consider the meaning and scope of §230 of the Communications Decency Act, has been a pillar of the legal framework that has permitted revolutionary services such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter to exist and thrive. Under Zeran, websites are generally immune from liability for unlawful or harmful third-party content. Put simply, this precedent is largely responsible for the Internet as we know it.

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