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Beware online programs that promise cash

April 7, 2009

A pyramid scheme that regularly surfaces during recessions is gaining momentum, this time supercharged by the social-networking power of the Internet, according to the Better Business Bureau and other consumer watchdog groups...

Under the Communications Decency Act of 1996, Web sites aren't liable for content generated by their users, even if it's illegal, said Kurt Opsahl, senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco, which advocates online free speech rights...

The law fostered "an environment where you can have media being democratized and all the voices of ordinary people going online," Opsahl said. "If they were subjected to liability depending on the content, the Internet would become the province of only rich, cautious media companies."

Monday, April 6, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle
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