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January 16, 2018

Kim Dotcom suffered another legal setback last month in his fight to avoid extradition from New Zealand to the United States and hang on to his treasure borne of massive copyright infringement when the High Court of New Zealand rejected all of Dotcom's contested arguments against extradition. The treasure was generated by Megaupload, Dotcom's brainchild and one of the world's biggest Internet sites when it was shut down by the Justice Department in 2012. Ostensibly a cloud-based storage system for large files, the site produced more than $175 million per year in revenue generated by its premium subscribers and third-party advertising attracted by the site's 50 million daily visitors. However, the 2012 federal indictment of M...

October 28, 2017

In a JURIST guest column discussing a bill that could make online intermediaries such as Facebook and Google liable for user content, CFJ legal affairs fellow Christina Pesavento and director of public policy Ashley Baker write that "[t]his narrow exception for sex trafficking is the camel’s nose under the tent, and It is difficult to overstate the significance of the Section 230 protections that SESTA threatens to erode," and point out that "[w]ithout Section 230 [of the Communications Decency Act], intermediary services that host third-party speech would be subject to publisher liability under a patchwork of complex and potentially conflicting state laws."

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