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In this workshop, Frank LoMonte , executive director of the Student Press Law Center addressed increasingly important legal issues regarding websites. A few salient tidbits:

  • Under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act,  one is not liable for information on one’s website that one does not create. In other words, The Beacon would not be liable for a posted reader comment.
  • It’s important not to edit online comments because once you revise them, you become the creator and therefore become liable.
  • Interesting:  According to LoMonte, there’s a legal double standard for the print and online editions. Under current law, a newspaper could be held liable for a libelous Letter to the Editor printed in a publication. However, the law gives the same newspaper immunity if libelous comments posted by a reader  appear on its website.

-Nancy Copic

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