Ch 7: Tort Laws for Intellectual Property of the Persona

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Twittergate case settled

Jon Daniel, the Peoria man who had his home raided and was arrested after he created a Twitter account that parodied the City’s Mayor, has agreed to settle his lawsuit against the City in return for a cash settlement and a directive from the City to the Peoria Police Department, a directive designed to insure that others are not retaliated for their speech.  The City will pay Jon Daniel and his legal team a total of $125,000 to resolve the lawsuit. The Peoria City Council is expected to approve the settlement at its regular meeting on Tuesday, September 8th.

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Section 230 of the CDA and FOSTA

Technology & Marketing  Law Blog

Eric Goldman

April 11, 2018

This morning, President Trump signed H.R. 1865, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 (FOSTA), into law. The bill signing was anticipated, but that doesn’t make the outcome any less terrible. Today, Washington DC regulators made a major error, one that we’ll likely regret for decades.

Eventually, I plan to write an explainer about the law. In this post, I’ll highlight three developments from the past 2+ weeks since the Senate approved the bill, plus some open questions.


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The “Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act” (abbreviated FOSTA-SESTA) became law in April 2018. The law makes it illegal to assist, facilitate, or support sex trafficking and amends the Section 230 safe harbor to exclude enforcement of federal or state sex trafficking laws from its immunity.

Although not an interactive media law feature, as such, critics worry about the unintended consequences of chipping away at 230 protection.