Exposing Online Service Providers To Criminal Liability

Law360, New York (June 6, 2012, 4:56 PM EDT) -- Online service providers and traditional publishers, take notice. Starting June 7, 2012, Washington state prosecutors will have a new arrow in their quiver — the nation’s first-of-its-kind criminal law requiring age verification for commercial sexual services advertisements. The landmark law threatens jail time (up to five years imprisonment) and fines for those who violate its strictures, whether through the operation of online classifieds, social networking sites, dating sites, discussion forums, blogs, chat rooms, search engines, or similar sites that allow users to post comments and images....
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