Communications Decency Act

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Communications Decency Act

(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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In its publicly available response filed March 1, Facebook claimed the application violates the Stored Communications Act - which protects personal information - and the Communications Decency Act, which gives Facebook immunity for comments made by third parties on its platform.
Representative John Culberson (TX-07) voted on important legislation to amend the Communications Decency Act (CDA), and to give federal, state, and local prosecutors the tools they need to hold websites accountable for supporting the sale of sex trafficking victims.
com/business/archive/2013/09/the-law-that-gave-us-the-modern-internet-and-the-campaign-to-kill-it/279588/) Section 230 of the Federal Communications Decency Act  which protects internet companies from liability for third-party content.
Backpage's attorneys contend they are immune from prosecution under the Communications Decency Act, a statute signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996.
Internet: Narrowing Immunity under the Communications Decency Act,
Q: As the Web became popular, people freaked out and Congress passed the Communications Decency Act, which would have regulated the Internet like broadcast TV.
The court also rejected LeadClick's claim that it was immune from liability under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, because it was responsible in part for the fake news sites promoting LeanSpa's products.
Checker's legal team is seeking half a billion dollars from HP, contending that the penis-size app did not just infringe on his trademark, but also violated the Communications Decency Act (CDA).
Pike grapples with the Communications Decency Act as it's used on the internet today (page 23).
Actions aimed at the websites, however, are limited, since service providers and website operators are granted immunity from lawsuits for user-submitted materials under the federal Communications Decency Act.
Thanks to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, websites can't be held liable for third-party content.

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