This is Brian Hall, an attorney with Traverse Legal, PLC, an internet law firm representing internet companies throughout the world. Today, I will be answering the question: Is a web host immune from liability under the Communications Decency Act?
So, to start, the Communications Decency Act, sometimes referred to as the CDA, is a piece of legislation passed by congress in 1996. It provides in the language of the Act itself that no provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider. What that means is that so long as the web host is merely providing the means by which someone can post content and display information to others on the internet, they will not be subject to liability in connection with claims related to, most importantly, defamation.