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Ruling could threaten long-standing content protections

A controversial case before a federal appeals court could significantly restrict legal protections that have long absolved Internet companies from responsibility for their customers’ actions. The issue stems from a libel lawsuit filed by actress Christianne Carafano over postings that appeared on the dating site Matchmaker.com. Her suit was filed against the company that operates the site, Metrosplash, which was acquired by Lycos in June 2000 for about $44 million in cash. Carafano, whose roles under the stage name Chase Masterson include Leeta on the TV show “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” sued Metrosplash after someone posted a personals ad that mixed accurate information, including her name and address, with alleged falsehoods. Full Story

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