Stage Is Set For 6th Circ. Battle Over Section 230

Law360, New York (August 29, 2013, 12:13 PM EDT) -- On Aug. 12, 2013, a federal court in Kentucky held that the website TheDirty.com can be liable for comments posted by third parties, refusing to rule as a matter of law that the site is immune under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, 47 U.S.C. § 230, and setting the stage for a battle in the Sixth Circuit over the scope of the statute’s protections.

In Jones v. Dirty World Entertainment Recordings LLC, the plaintiff, Sarah Jones, alleged that TheDirty was responsible for the content of user posts accusing her of having sexually transmitted diseases and having “slept with every...

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