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Virtual Legality Episode 160

Joe Biden Wants to Break the Internet (and Video Games)

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Former Vice President Joe Biden, in an interview with the New York Times Editorial Board while seeking its endorsement for his presidential run, called for the immediate revocation (or more accurately, repeal) of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA).

But while Section 230 could certainly use clarification (and clarity, as the distinction between service provider and publisher is not without its own ambiguities), Candidate Biden's erroneous reading of the statute, the landscape it creates, and the the liability of tech titans like Facebook, is unfortunately not the only one shared by the political class.

And that's without even getting into calling video game folks "creeps".

Libel Liability is a Political Liability...in Virtual Legality.

#Biden #NYT #CDA230


Discussed in this episode:

New York Times Editorial Interview - Joe Biden
January 17, 2020
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/01/17/opinion/joe-biden-nytimes-interview.html

"Social Media, Liability Shields, and You: The State of CDA Section 230 (VL72) (Hoeg Law)"
YouTube Video - July 12, 2019 - Hoeg Law
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VtQlx5VXXs

"Protection for private blocking and screening of offensive material"
47 USC 230 (CDA 230)
https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/47/230

"Action for libel or slander."
MCL 600.2911
http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(fdms3o5l2kvl3azpa2npxura))/mileg.aspx?page=GetObject&objectname=mcl-600-2911


PODCAST VERSIONS AVAILABLE AT

Spotify:
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iTunes:
(https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/virtual-legality/id1448785539?mt=2)

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"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law).

Rick has practiced for more than a decade at some of the country's largest law firms, representing IT, software, video game, and other technology companies, as well as the individuals and institutions which fund them.

DISCUSSION IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE. INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN THE LEGAL TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS VIDEO SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR OWN COUNSEL.

Any and all feedback is appreciated. Let us know what you think!


Blog, "Rules of the Game", at https://hoeglaw.wordpress.com/

About Hoeg Law

The Hoeg Law Firm is a business law firm with big law experience and a small firm approach focusing on start-ups, technology, financing, and everything else a business might need.


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