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ACLU The Dirty brief

ACLU The Dirty brief

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ACLU The Dirty "friend of the court" brief.
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Case No. 13-5946 IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT
 SARAH JONES
 Plaintiff-Appellee
v. DIRTY-WORLD ENTERTAINMENT RECORDINGS, LLC, dba THEDIRTY.COM, HOOMAN KARAMIAN aka NIK RICHIE aka CORBIN GRIMES, DIRTY WORLD, LLC dba THEDIRTY.COM, AND DIRTY WORLD ENTERTAINMENT, LLC dba THEDIRTY.COM
 Defendants-Appellants
 On Appeal from the United States District Court For the Eastern District of Kentucky at Covington Originating Case No. 2:09-cv-00219-WOB
BRIEF OF
 AMICUS CURIAE
AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION, AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES OF KENTUCKY, ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION, CENTER FOR DEMOCRACY & TECHNOLOGY, DIGITAL MEDIA LAW PROJECT, PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PROJECT, WENDY SELTZER, AND ADAM HOLLAND
Junis L. Baldon Mark A. Flores Brandon W. Gearhart F
ROST
B
ROWN
T
ODD
LLC 400 West Market Street, 32nd Floor Louisville, KY 40202 PH: (502) 589-5400
 ACLU of Kentucky Cooperating Attorneys
William E. Sharp* ACLU
 OF
ENTUCKY
 315 Guthrie Street, Suite 300 Louisville, KY 40202 Matthew Zimmerman E
LECTRONIC
F
RONTIER
F
OUNDATION
 815 Eddy Street San Francisco, CA 94109
 
Lee Rowland A
MERICAN
C
IVIL
L
IBERTIES
U
 NION
 125 Broad Street, 18th Floor  New York, NY 10004
 Additional counsel on signature page *Lead Counsel of Record
Case: 13-5946 Document: 006111887703 Filed: 11/19/2013 Page: 1
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 (i)
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT CASE NO. 13-5946
SARAH JONES APPELLANT v. DIRTY WORLD ENTERTAINMENT RECORDINGS, LLC DIRTY WORLD, LLC  NIK LAMAS-RICHIE APPELLEES
DISCLOSURE OF CORPORATE AFFILIATIONS AND FINANCIAL INTEREST
In accordance with 6th Cir. R. 26.1,
 Amici
 makes the following disclosures: 1. Are said parties subsidiaries or affiliates of a publicly owned corporation?
No.
2. Is there a publicly owned corporation, not a party to the appeal, that has a financial interest in the outcome?
No.
s/ Junis L. Baldon Date: 11/19/13 Junis L. Baldon
Counsel for Amicus Curiae,  American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky
Case: 13-5946 Document: 006111887703 Filed: 11/19/2013 Page: 2
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(ii)
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION ..................................................................................................... 1
 
FACTUAL AND PROCEDURAL BACKGROUND .............................................. 3
 
INTERESTS OF AMICI ............................................................................................ 4
 
ARGUMENT ............................................................................................................. 7
 
A.
 
Section 230 Broadly Immunizes Content Providers Against Liability for Information Created by Others ......................................... 7
 
B.
 
A Broad Application of Section 230 Immunity Is Consistent With Congressional Intent ..................................................................... 9
 
C.
 
The District Court Erred In Refusing to Extend Section 230 Immunity to Appellants ....................................................................... 13
 
1.
 
The District Court Misapplied Relevant Case Law in Determining that Appellants Developed Unlawful Material .... 14
 
2.
 
The District Court’s Application of an “Encouragement Test” Was an Error of Law
 ....................................................... 18
 
3.
 
The District Court’s Application of a “Neutrality Test”
Was an Error of Law ................................................................. 23
 
4.
 
The District Court Should Have Determined the Applicability of Section 230 at the Earliest Possible Stage ...... 24
 
D.
 
The District Court Opinion Threatens Other Online Platforms That Make Available a Wide Range of Divergent and Valuable Speech.................................................................................................. 25
 
CONCLUSION ........................................................................................................ 29
 
Case: 13-5946 Document: 006111887703 Filed: 11/19/2013 Page: 3
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