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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(1) (Communications Decency Act) Officially Title V of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the Communications Decency Act made it a federal crime to send indecent communications to anyone or to allow minors to view any message considered offensive by contemporary community standards. After considerable protest, the CDA was abolished by a federal court and the Supreme Court. See Section 230.

(2) (Compact Disc Audio) The file extension displayed in Explorer when a music CD is loaded into a Windows computer. Appearing as Track01.CDA, Track02.CDA, etc., they are pointers to the track locations on the CD. See CD-DA and AIFF.

(3) (Clinical Document Architecture) A subset of the XML-based HL7 medical record format that is widely used to exchange discharge summaries and progress notes. See healthcare IT.

(4) (Compound Document Architecture) A compound document format from Digital Equipment that created hot links between documents. See compound document.
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He observed -- on Twitter, naturally -- that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act gives these companies immunity from liability for content that appears on their sites.
Communications Decency Act, which prohibits lawsuits against websites for publishing reviews, comments, and other third-party content, unless the site itself changes or somehow alters the meaning of the original post.
The bill, known as the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (Sesta), would amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act by eliminating federal liability protections for websites that knowingly assist, support, or facilitate online sex trafficking.
The legislation includes a statute meant to close a loophole in the "safe harbor" provisions of the Communications Decency Act that protected internet service providers from liability over content posted by its users.
Significant to Daniel's claims, when Radcliffe purchased the firearm and ammunition, he was prohibited by a state court domestic violence injunction from possessing a firearm.<br />The circuit court dismissed Daniel's complaint against Armslist in its entirety, based on the federal Communications Decency Act of 1996 ("the Act").
This is being seen as carving out the first major hole in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (Title 47, Section 230 of the U.S.
Civil liberties advocates attacked the bill as too broad, creating new liability for websites that had previously been protected by the Communications Decency Act for content posted by third parties.

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