CCG has curated short talks on a range of issues in media law. Over the coming weeks we will be introducing them here.
As the first of these, we present Felix Wu’s talk on intermediary liability. Wu makes the case for a considered, narrowly defined space for immunity and diminished liability for intermediaries online. His talk touches on important threshold questions such as who would qualify as an intermediary for the purposes of safe harbour protections, the differing costs and benefits to speech and takedowns that original speakers and intermediaries face, and the degree of protection that it would be justifiable to grant intermediaries in light of the nature of the content in question. He discusses the intermediary liability problem more fully in a 2011 article, available here.