It never fails. Even though the laws are pretty clear that a service provider isn't responsible for content that passes over its network, people always try to sue anyway. Call it the Steve Dallas defense. The latest is that a family that was a victim of a child porn ring is suing Yahoo for allowing a child porn email group to exist. Obviously, the fact that this child and his family was victimized is terrible. However, the guy really responsible for the crime has already been found guilty, and it seems like the victims are now just looking for a big company to sue. The family is charging that Yahoo knew what was happening on this mailing list and failed to stop it -- a charge that will be quite hard to prove. It's good to go after those responsible for child porn, but going after Yahoo is going after the wrong target.
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