Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act has been called the most important law impacting the Internet and it continues to serve as the bedrock principle behind user-generated content. Startups rely on the intermediary liability protections found in Section 230 to innovate and create new ways for people to communicate. It guarantees that a website which gives users a forum to express themselves freely will not face ruinous legal liability if someone says something illegal. As policymakers consider how platforms protect users, they also must keep in mind how our increasingly digital and connected world allows us to share stories, creations, and innovations.
In this report, and through a series of events in Washington, D.C. in the summer of 2019, Engine and the Charles Koch Institute sought to unpack the nuts and bolts of content moderation. We examined what everyday content moderation looks like for Internet platforms and the legal framework that makes that moderation possible, debunked myths about content moderation, and asked attendees to put themselves in the shoes of content moderators.
In an effort to address a non-existent problem, the new Ending Support for Internet Censorship Act from Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) would dismantle the sensible regulatory regime that is responsible for the development of the Internet.
Engine filed an amicus brief in HomeAway.com Inc. and Airbnb Inc. vs. City of Santa Monica calling for the full Ninth Circuit to rehear whether Santa Monica, California can force home-sharing companies to police third-party content.
A primer on the costs of Section 230 and why even the threat of lawsuits can hurt startups.
An ebook for policymakers on the laws surrounding user-generated content and intermediary liability on the Internet.
Current legal frameworks have allowed us to build creative online communities that have enabled musicians, writers, artists, developers, designers, and filmmakers throughout Europe to access a global online market. We are concerned that proposed changes to the European Copyright Directive, specifically Article 13, will threaten the existence of these vibrant online communities.
A primer on Section 230 and why intermediary liability matters to startups.
Engine's Statement on the Senate Passage of SESTA