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CDA limits the liability of a of Internet services that host user-generated content. The website—the seventh most popular site in the world—is a completely user-generated online encyclopedia that is freely available in hundreds of different languages. What types of complaints or legal threats have you encountered regarding about user content? What are the most common legal issues you encounter? Defamation claims are the most common by far—most of the legal threats against the Wikimedia Foundation either directly invoke claims of defamation or defamation is the motivation behind the claims that are actually made.

While the claim may not be defamation in name, it is in spirit. As you know, all Wikimedia Projects are educational, wiki-based, freely-d resources that are collaboratively created Pretty woman cda curated by a global community of volunteer contributors and editors. Anyone in the world can read or contribute to the Wikimedia Projects. In fact, the Wikimedia Foundation does not write or edit any of the content found on the Projects.

They frequently wish to regain control over what is said about them and to do this, they threaten or actually file suit.

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But against whom? Traditionally, plaintiffs went after those with editorial control… newspaper publishers, TV stations, radio stations… but in an age where they might not necessarily know the identity of the person who allegedly defamed them, they now come after the companies that host these open platforms. But suing organizations that merely provide arenas for speech, ideas, and knowledge to be shared is not right way to address concerns over content. How do you respond to such complaints or threats?

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Initially, we try to explain what it is that we do—the role of the Wikimedia Foundation versus the role of the community of users. Frequently, the people who tend to be upset about what is being said about them on the Internet are the ones who don't really understand the open nature of the Internet—and definitely don't understand the nature of the Wikimedia Projects. However, it should be noted that legal threats have concerned all of our Projects at some point or another. This strategy has been successful in many cases. But those who do not wish to utilize community processes to resolve their complaint will continue to threaten suit or actually file suit.

Some are dissuaded from filing once we inform them about the CDA. Others are not. It's extremely rare. The only situations where we've ever tried to intercede have been when there have been threats to life or limb or where we have received Pretty woman cda valid DMCA takedown notice.

Otherwise we're pretty firm about using community processes. What kind of staff do you have dedicated to reviewing complaints? How much time, resources, or energy do you spend on reviewing these legal claims or what third parties do? I've been in charge of reviewing these kinds of complaints for the past several years, but I definitely could not have done it without the support I received from other attorneys on the team, outside counsel, and the legal research performed by our extremely dedicated legal interns.

Up until recently, we had a very small legal team, which meant that the time spent on reviewing and responding to these legal claims took away ificant legal resources that could have been spent working on innumerable legal initiatives.

Even now, with a small rather than very small legal team, a lot of time and donor money must be dedicated to evaluating and resolving these issues—more than would be the case if the CDA was expanded in scope and if more countries had equivalent protections. We are relatively well protected in the US, but it still takes considerable resources to defend ourselves in foreign litigation—some of which could drag on for more than a decade. We probably wouldn't exist anymore.

Simple as that. Lawsuits are costly when you win, but they are even more costly when you lose. If the Wikimedia Foundation could be held legally liable every time there was a good faith inaccuracy on its Projects, we would have most likely been sued out of existence pretty early on.

And we would have never had the chance to grow into what we've become, which is the largest repository of free knowledge in the world, accessible to all. Furthermore, Pretty woman cda Wikimedia community would be without a platform to share their ideas, their experience, and their knowledge with others. And they would likely have a hard time finding an alternate platform to use, as other hosting providers would meet the same challenges and financial difficulties that the Foundation would face if this were the case.

It is the shield that prevents people from being able to hold the Wikimedia Foundation liable for the sometimes inaccurate or unflattering statements that are contributed by some of our users. The protections of the CDA absolutely should not be narrowed.

I think if they were narrowed, not only would the Wikimedia Projects be in incredible jeopardy, but most of the crowdsourced websites that many people have come to rely on would be threatened as well, even those that have ificantly greater financial resources than we do. For example, if there are state causes of action relating to intermediary provider liability for user-generated content and it is not clear that the CDA's protections have preempted those state causes of action, then that becomes a potential liability for us and anyone else that the CDA protects. Such an extension would better protect our users against frivolous lawsuits they may face for simply reporting truthful but sometimes unflattering information about particularly litigious individuals and entities.

Our users are usually young, enthusiastic individuals who want to contribute to the largest repository of free knowledge to ever exist. It is unreasonable to expect them to take on the financial burden of defending against lawsuits solely meant to inhibit free speech, initiated by those of greater financial means. Extending anti-SLAPP will go a long way in not just protecting such users once a suit is initiated, but also in discouraging people from filing these kinds of malicious suits in the first place. I think an intermediary is an intermediary, whether it's online or off.

If you're taking the time to provide a platform for others to have the ability to speak and Pretty woman cda, I don't think it matters if it's online or offline. You should be encouraging and fostering these kind of environments to exist in any forms that they can, not creating any additional barriers for them.

Section of the CDA has had, and will continue to have, a Pretty woman cda and positive impact on online free speech, for US companies and their users both within the US and abroad. The CDA has helped the Wikimedia Projects become what they are today, but until all countries provide equivalent and consistently applied protections to intermediaries, the Internet will never reach its full potential. The Wikimedia Foundation is based in the United States, but we serve a global community of users. At this point, most major websites serve the world, not a specific country. Unfortunately, this means that when other countries do not have clear protections for intermediaries, we are put into a position where we have to spend quite a lot of time and money litigating around the world.

And we cannot accurately assess our risk when we do litigate because of the uncertainty that comes not having these kinds of protections in place, either through legislation or case law. Well, during the initial legal threat, the same that we would anywhere else—by trying to explain what we are and encourage them to utilize the community processes that are available.

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But in the unfortunate cases which escalate to litigation, we frequently choose to defend ourselves in those other jurisdictions. But it's never a sure thing. It's always a major risk appearing in a foreign court and litigating where intermediary liability and protections are not as clear cut. All because In a win for freedom of speech, the U.

EFF filed an amicus brief in My conditions are but a drop in a dark sea of injustice. European Union EU civil The big-name social media companies have all done a rather atrocious job of moderating user speech on their platforms. However, much like Florida's similarly unconstitutional attempt to address the issue S.

At a virtual hearing The law creates a cadre of bounty hunters who can use the courts to punish and silence anyone whose We hope that financial institutions will take note that it is unacceptable EFF Lists. Electronic Frontier Foundation. In what situations do you take down content or block access, if ever? Do you think that Pretty woman cda protections of CDA should be narrowed? Do you think a CDAlike immunity should be expanded to offline intermediaries? How do you respond to those sorts of claims—from other countries? Related Issues Free Speech.

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