ISPs as enforcers of the law

Nothing new really, but more obvious now. Section 230 (c)(2) CDA (the other part of section 230 is the infamous “child porn provision”) allows for ISPs to filter contentious contents. Spam being illegal, ISPs are allowed to filter content, i.e. here e-mails and block the account holder. Law enforced by private companies which are probably quite happy about it because spam is a hindrance to their services. Decision of 10 April 2008 (Northern District Court of Illinois)
http://www.spamsuite.com.nyud.net/index.php?q=node/387
the PDF version (and full decision) is available on http://www.circleid.com/pdf/come360-counterclaim.pdf

From “Court Tells Spammer That It’s Not Illegal For An ISP To Filter Its Emails” (11 April 2008) http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20080411/150256827.shtml

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About Audrey Guinchard

Senior Lecturer @ University of Essex (UK)
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