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Section 230 - The First Amendment of the Internet

Presented by Lawrence G. Walters

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Course Description

Length: 53min    Published: 11/6/2020    
For decades, Internet freedom and functionality has depended on a single law passed by Congress in 1996: Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. This statute is responsible for the development of Web 2.0 and all the online platforms that so many of us rely upon each day like Google, Facebook, Uber, DoorDash, and Ebay. At the same time, the broad legal protections granted by Section 230 to these platforms have become controversial and subject to intense political debate. The future of Internet freedom and innovation depends largely on this important statue. This presentation will educate viewers on the development of the law surrounding Section 230 and explain how the statute affects many different areas of practice. Each of the immunities granted by the law will be discussed with illustrative case law. The recent amendments to Section 230 resulting from FOSTA/SESTA will be discussed along the many competing legislative proposals to further roll back Section 230 immunity. Finally, presentation will address the important policy considerations that must be evaluated in connection with any effort to reduce online platform provider immunities. The attendees will leave with a full understanding of the law surrounding Section 230 and why it is referred to as the First Amendment of the Internet.
Learning Objectives
* Learn the background of the Section 230
* Understand how section 230 protects certain online platforms
* Get an overview of FOSTA/SESTA, the recent amendments to Section 230
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Presented By:

Lawrence G. Walters

Longwood, FL

(407) 975-9150

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"Great course. The presenter's manner was pleasant and appropriate. The content was very useful and complete."

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"Outstanding program. Didn't know much about section 230 before this program, and learned a lot. One of the best -- if not THE best -- online CLE courses I have taken."

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