Communications Decency Act


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Communications Decency Act

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(CDA) An amendment to the U.S. 1996 Telecommunications Bill that went into effect on 08 February 1996, outraging thousands of Internet users who turned their web pages black in protest. The law, originally proposed by Senator James Exon to protect children from obscenity on the Internet, ended up making it punishable by fines of up to $250,000 to post indecent language on the Internet anywhere that a minor could read it.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation created public domain blue ribbon icons that many web authors downloaded and displayed on their web pages.

On 12 June 1996, a three-judge panel in Philadelphia ruled the CDA unconstitutional and issued an injunction against the United States Justice Department forbidding them to enforce the "indecency" provisions of the law. Internet users celebrated by displaying an animated "Free Speech" fireworks icon to their web pages, courtesy of the Voters Telecommunications Watch. The Justice Department has appealed the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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A: The Communications Decency Act was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, but it was a really shocking attempt to regulate this emergent technology.
Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act generally gives legal immunity to online sites, such as Wikipedia, for the defamatory postings of third parties.
In the final Note, Katy Noeth analyzes [section] 230 of the Communications Decency Act, the seminal case of Zeran v.
Just as the 90th Congress could not have envisioned the FHA's application to cyberspace, the 104th Congress seemingly failed to foresee that the Communications Decency Act (3) ("CDA") would immunize Internet service providers ("ISPs") from publishing prohibited advertisements that are patently illegal in any other context.
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The Communications Decency Act basically immunizes Web sites from liability for carrying defamatory content unless the content is created by the Web site," said Rex Heinke, a Los Angeles First Amendment lawyer.
The court dismissed the claims of negligence and gross negligence against MySpace on the basis of ISP immunity granted under the US Communications Decency Act of 1996.
That is the result of a social bargain made 10 years ago, meant to nurture what was then still a strange, fledgling thing called the Internet: Part of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 said that online companies are not liable for transmitting unlawful materials supplied by others.
In 1996, Congress passed the federal Communications Decency Act (CDA) in an effort to protect children from access to Internet pornography, but it would have "imposed very substantial restrictions on sexual content transmitted over the Internet.
In a lawsuit challenging the Communications Decency Act, a federal district court ruled that unencrypted e-mail is not secure (American Civil Liberties Union v.
The district court dismissed the plaintiffs' complaint based on the Communications Decency Act of 1996.

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