by Mike Masnick
Thu, Feb 5th 2009 3:22pm
If you've been on a college campus in the past couple of years, you're almost certainly aware of the site JuicyCampus -- which was a very open set of forums that encouraged people to gossip about others on campus. As you can imagine, things sometimes got pretty heated, and there were regular discussions in the legal community about the liability that JuicyCampus must face. It was definitely pushing the boundaries of safe harbor provisions concerning the separation of a site and what its users did on the site. However, it looks like we won't get a big test case involving JuicyCampus any time soon, as the site has abruptly shut down, citing the current economic climate. The site's founder claims that the cost of running the servers greatly outweighed any incoming advertising revenue, though plenty of people are guessing that pending lawsuits may have been a much bigger issue in the decision making process. Either way, given the popularity of the site, others will quickly fill the void, and perhaps we'll have new test cases in the near future.
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