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,, 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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    Anonymous Coward, 26 Aug 2009 @ 2:44pm

    Re: Re: Re: Dig a little

    Sorry, but since IP is only stored in a simple database that can easily be modified, how is that proof?

    I mean, gee, give me a few hours with a tape from and armed robbery and the right equipment, and I can make it look like Obama did it. WOuld it be real? Nope. But it you are only going to accept that, well...

    At bare minimum, the forum should be required to provide what information they have on the OD so that they can say "this dude isn't us". Otherwise to me, SODDI in a pretty empty answer.

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