Humane Society Again Threatens Amazon Over Somebody Else's Cockfighting Magazines
from the sue-the-right-person dept
Last year, the Humane Society alleged Amazon.com was breaking the law by offering some magazines about cockfighting for sale. The magazines were being sold by a third party, which just used Amazon's e-commerce platform, but the Humane Society said Amazon was liable for selling content which broke the Animal Welfare Act. Amazon hasn't removed the magazines, because it says they're not illegal, and now the Humane Society again says it's going to sue. While the magazines in question don't appear to be much more than objectionable or offensive to the Humane Society, their illegality is far from certain. That's not really the issue, though: just as before, Amazon certainly appears to be the wrong party to sue, since it isn't a publisher or content provider, it just operates a storefront which the publisher uses. If the content is truly illegal, the publisher would seem to be a much more correct target for a lawsuit -- and such a move would help deflect criticism that the Humane Society's merely trying to scare Amazon into refusing to sell such materials and act as a de facto censor to try and block legal material it simply doesn't like.