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Gentry v. eBay, Inc., 121 Cal. Rptr. 2d 703 (Cal. Ct. App. 2003)

Type of online publisher: 
eBay, online auction site
Publisher's Role in Third Party Content: 
eBay provided a means for others to auction sports memorabilia online without authentication procedures
CDA ยง 230 applicable?: 
Yes

eBay hosted auctions of sports memorabilia with forged signatures and forged certificates of authenticity. Since eBay did not create any of the descriptions or the search categories the items would appear in, CDA 230 immunized eBay from any liability due to fraudulent posts by users.

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