This post is part of our ‘Shielding the Messengers’ series, which examines issues related to intermediary liability protections, both in the U.S. and globally. Without these protections, the Internet as we know it today–a platform where diverse content and free expression thrive–would simply not exist.
Owners of online marketplaces can breathe a little easier this week: on Tuesday, a state-level appeals court issued a decision flatly rejecting a dangerous court precedent that threatened not only online auction sites but social networks, message boards, and every other platform for online expression.
The decision, in the case of Hill v. StubHub, Inc., overturned a trial court order that ignored the strong protection that federal law gives to online intermediaries and held online ticket site StubHub responsible for a user's violation of a North Carolina law that prohibits predatory ticket reselling. CDT and its allies had filed a brief with the appeals court urging reversal.
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