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Craigslist's erotic services ads draw more fire from states

State attorneys general from across the country are stepping up pressure on Craigslist to shutter what they call the nation's busiest virtual street corner, where prostitution runs rampant...

For that reason, federal courts have generally upheld a law that protects Internet intermediaries from criminal prosecution over the content of postings by their users, said Matt Zimmerman of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco civil liberties group.

"This is all about bringing public pressure on Craigslist to do something that the law does not obligate them to do," Zimmerman said of the attorneys general.

Sunday, May 10, 2009
Los Angeles Times

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