Intermediary Liability

5 July 2012 at 1:56pm
The European Commission have opened a consultation on “notice and action” procedures (in the UK we tend to refer to them as notice and takedown) by those who host content on the Internet. Since Janet customers may see a different side of the issue from us as operators of the network, it would be helpful to get your comments to inform our response. First there are some specific questions from the consultation:
13 December 2012 at 10:00am
Under current defamation law, if a website wants to avoid all risk of liability for material posted by third parties then its best approach is to not moderate postings when they are made, and remove them promptly when any complaint is made.
13 December 2012 at 10:01am
Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights has asked for evidence on the Defamation Bill, so I've sent in a Janet submission pointing out the human rights issues that could be raised by the B
This is JANET(UK)’s response to the Ministry of Justice consultation on a draft Defamation Bill. JANET(UK) is the operator of the UK’s national research and education network, JANET, which connects all universities, colleges, research organisations and regional schools networks together, to national research and education networks in other countries, and to the Internet.
This is JANET(UK)’s response to the European Commission’s consultation “on the future of electronic commerce in the internal market and the implementation of the Directive on Electronic Commerce (2000/31/EC)”.
This is JANET(UK)’s response to the DTI consultation on the Electronic Commerce Directive: the Liability of Hyperlinkers, Location Tool Services and Content Aggregators, published in June 2005, reference 05/1245.
Various consultations relate to what internet intermediaries, such as websites and networks, either must or must not do in relation to their users' activities. These include circumstances in which intermediaries may be legally liable for the actions of their users.
13 December 2012 at 10:02am
The 21st June sitting of the Commons Defamation Bill Committee provided some hints at answers to my questions about the Bill’s definitions and process.
13 December 2012 at 10:05am
One of the perverse effects of the current law on liability of website operators is that it discourages sites from checking comments and posts provided by others. Instead the law encourages the operator to do nothing until they receive a complaint.
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