State Appeals Court Says Stubhub Isn't Responsible For Actions Of Its Users

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Over the years, we’ve written about the Section 230 safe harbors — which protect service providers from being liable for certain actions of their users — a number of times. This is perfectly common sense legislation: the blame should be placed on the person who actually committed the action, rather than the tools they used. Yet, for some reason, some still have trouble understanding this. A frequent target of those misunderstandings has been online ticket reseller Stubhub. A few years back we wrote about a ruling in a case in Illinois where the court effectively ignored Section 230. Apparently there was a similar move by a state court in North Carolina some time ago, but thankfully, the appeals court has reversed it, and once again made clear that you don’t blame Stubhub for illegal actions performed by its users.

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Anonymous Coward says:

Meanwhile, in the MPAA/RIAA’s headquarters….

Mook: “Sir! I just discovered something amazing!”
Boss: “What is it?”
Mook: “People pirating use the road for transport.”
Boss: “Burn the roads! All of them!”
Mook2: “But what about all the legitimate uses of a road–“
Boss: “PIRACY!”
Mook2: “B-But–“
Boss: “Piracy! Burn the roads! The roads are killing our economy! Burn the people who made them, too!”
Mook2: “Right away!”

Mook: “Oooh, I also figured something out that’s vital to our goals!”
Boss: “Go on.”
Mook: “Pirates transport their goods using legs!”

DandonTRJ (profile) says:

On the one hand, I love the proper application of liability.

On the other hand, I despise StubHub.

Too often in my life do I miss out on the sale of concert tickets by five minutes, only to find them being immediately scalped on StubHub for at least three times their face value. I know that if it weren’t on StubHub, it would be somewhere else, but goddammit, still makes my blood boil.

(I wish more acts would have integrity and go paperless. Then I could watch StubHub burn and have Section 230 remain unperverted.)

BentFranklin (profile) says:

Re: Re:

NFL tried a ticket exchange service where you could buy and sell tickets at face value. Guess what? There were never any tickets to buy there. Any tickets that were posted were immediately snapped up by scalpers for resale. Soon, no one posted tickets there because they felt like chumps. Now, NFLTicketExchange points to a StubHub-like ticketmaster domain where the free market sets prices and scalpers get no more or less advantage than anyone else. No one likes a market where speculators dominate but some speculation is often necessary to create a liquid market.

Anonymous Coward says:

Blaming The Shopkeeper

The poor old shopkeeper is everybody’s favourite victim. They are always there, so they are easy to find. There is none of this tedious concealment of identity and being hard to find. So serving papers on them is a doddle. Also, they are always non-violent, so there is no danger in being nasty to them for years and years. Plus, they have money, since they are running a shop, so there must be some assets. So any successful lawsuit must produce some payoff. All this makes them an irresistible target for a lawsuit.

Meanwhile, the real perps are hard to find and, when found, have a nasty tendency to shoot back. Nailing the real perps is difficult and dangerous. It is ten times worse when organised crime is involved. Wise guys are scary. What is a lazy/frightened police person or lawyer to do? Why, blame the shopkeeper!

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