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New Ebook on Zeran v. AOL, the Most Important Section 230 Case (Techdirt Cross-Post) – Technology & Marketing Law Blog


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Section 230 has grow to be a mainstream dialog matter, however sadly many discussants don’t truly perceive it well (or in any respect). To handle this data hole, co-editors Profs. Eric Goldman (Santa Clara Law) and Jeff Kosseff (U.S. Naval Academy) have let go an e book, known as “Zeran v. America Online,” addressing many features of Section 230. You can obtain digitally the e book without cost at:

Zeran v. AOL is a very powerful Section 230 case of all time. The Zeran case was the primary federal appellate choice decoding Section 230, and its breathtakingly broad sweep turbocharged the rise of Web 2.0–with all of its strengths and weaknesses.

In recognition of Zeran’s significance, in 2017, Profs. Goldman and Kosseff helped assemble an essay bundle to honor the case’s 20th anniversary. They gathered two dozen essays from a number of the most educated Section 230 consultants. The essays handle the case’s historical past and coverage implications. Initially, Law.com revealed the essay bundle however then unexpectedly paywalled the essays after 6 months.

The new Zeran v. America Online e book restores the 2017 essay bundle into a brand new and easy-to-read format. Together, they’re a fantastic entry level into the debates about Section 230, together with how we received right here and what’s at stake.

To complement the essay bundle, the e book compiles an archive of the important thing paperwork within the Zeran v. AOL litigation (with bonus protection of Zeran’s case in opposition to radio station KRXO). Many of those supplies haven’t beforehand been publicly out there in digital format. The case archives must be of interest each to historians and college students of precedent-setting litigation techniques.

Section 230 will probably stay hotly debated, however the debates gained through a win’t be productive till we develop a shared understanding of what the legislation says and why. Ideally, this e book will advance these targets.

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The e book’s desk of contents:

About the Book

Advertisements Posted to AOL’s Michigan Military Movement Forum

The Essays

Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Internet Law’s Most Important Judicial Decision
Eric Goldman and Jeff Kosseff

‘Zeran v. AOL’ and Its Inconsistent Legacy
Ian C. Ballon

Section 230 Keeps Platforms for Defamation and Threats Highly Profitable
Ann Bartow

Policy Architecture and Internet Freedom
Jerry Berman

Sex, Scandal and Intermediary Liability: Imagining Life Without ‘Zeran v. AOL’
Hillary Brill

How the Scam Artists at Stratton Oakmont Made ‘Zeran’ Possible and Unwittingly Saved the Internet
Robert J. Butler

Serendipity and Internet Law: How the ‘Zeran v. AOL’ Landmark Almost Wasn’t
Patrick J. Carome and Cary A. Glynn

20 Years of Protecting Intermediaries: Legacy of ‘Zeran’ Remains a Critical Protection for Freedom of Expression Online
Cindy Cohn and Jamie Williams

How the Supreme Court Ignored the Lesson of ‘Zeran’ and Screwed Up Copyright Law on the Internet
Roger Allan Ford

Moral Hazard on Stilts: ‘Zeran’s’ Legacy
Mary Anne Franks

The Possible Redundancy of §230
Brian L. Frye

The First Hard Case: ‘Zeran v. AOL’ and What It Can Teach Us About Today’s Hard Cases
Cathy Gellis

Who Cyber-Attacked Ken Zeran, and Why?
Eric Goldman

James Grimmelmann

The Satellite Has No Conscience: §230 in a World of ‘Alternative Facts’
Laura A. Heymann

The Non-Inevitable Breadth of the ‘Zeran’ Decision
Samir C. Jain

The Judge Who Shaped the Internet
Jeff Kosseff

Zeran’s Failed Lawsuit Against an Oklahoma Radio Station
Robert D. Nelon

The Chilling Effect Claims in ‘Zeran v. AOL’
Jonathon W. Penney

‘Zeran v. America Online’ and the Development of Trolling Culture
Aaron Schwabach

‘Zeran v. AOL’: The Anti-Circumvention Tool
Maria Crimi Speth

The UK’s Broad Rejection of the §230 Model
Gavin Sutter

‘AOL v. Zeran’: The Cyberlibertarian Hack of §230 Has Run Its Course
Olivier Sylvain

CDA 230 Then and Now: Does Intermediary Immunity Keep the Rest of Us Healthy?
Jonathan Zittrain

The Case Materials

Zeran v. AOL (W.D. Ok)

Zeran v. AOL (W.D. Ok)
Order on Motion to Transfer

Zeran v. AOL (E.D. Va)
Memorandum in Support of Defendant’s Motion For Judgment on the Pleadings

Zeran v. AOL (E.D. Va)
Brief in Opposition to Defendant’s Motion For Judgment on the Pleadings

Zeran v. AOL (E.D. Va)
Reply Memorandum in Further Support of Defendant’s Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings

Zeran v. AOL (E.D. Va) Court Hearing Transcript

Opinion in Zeran v. AOL (E.D. Va)

Zeran v. AOL (4th Cir.)
Brief of the Appellant

Zeran v. AOL (4th Cir.)
Brief of the Appellee

Zeran v. AOL (4th Cir.)

Zeran’s Petition for a Writ of Certiorari

Opposition of America Online, Inc. to Petition for a Writ of Certiorari

Zeran’s Reply to Opposition to Petition for a Writ of Certiorari

Zeran v. Diamond Broadcasting, Inc. (W.D. Ok)

Zeran v. Diamond Broadcasting, Inc. (10th Cir.)


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