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Will Craigslist Have to Crack Down?

The pressure is on Craigslist to clean up its act. If the online classified ad site doesn't remove a section devoted to erotic services in South Carolina by May 15, the state's attorney general, Henry McMaster, says he'll open a criminal investigation into the company's executives, including Chief Executive Jim Buckmaster...

If the case goes to court, South Carolina may have a hard time proving Craigslist is acting illegally. The Communications Decency Act of 1996 protects Web sites that feature third-party content. "While the posters can certainly be charged if they are violating state laws, any intermediaries can't be held responsible," says Matt Zimmerman, senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "This is very clear."

Friday, May 8, 2009
Business Week

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