Another Good Section 230 Ruling: Forum Owner Not Liable For Posts

from the good-to-see dept

It's good to see judges getting things right -- and more often than not, they're being both quick and smart when it comes to misguided lawsuits from plaintiffs against sites that host content, but don't publish it. The latest involves the owners of a bodybuilding forum website, bodybuilding.com, who were sued by a nutritional supplement maker, claiming that competitors had posted negative reviews on the site. But the judge tossed out the lawsuit against the forum operator using section 230. The supplement maker tried to argue that the forum owners had teamed up with the competitor in a conspiracy to say bad things about the supplement, but the judge didn't buy it. The only question was whether the website owners posted the content. They didn't. There's no case.

Filed Under: forums, liability, section 230


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    Dark Helmet (profile), 26 Aug 2009 @ 6:18am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Dig a little

    "Agreed. Burden of proof is on the accuser. I can say that Dark Helmet is in a massive conspiracy to slander and libel me out of business but without a bit of proof to back it up I'm just a crackpot who thinks Mr. Helmet is out to get me."

    Interesting that you speak of accusing me of libel in a post I hadn't yet posted in, you dog beating, grandma humping, baby eater...

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