craiglist owners get hit by LEA for running illegal ads and services

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by richard, May 5, 2009.

  1. richard

    richard Guest


    Three state Attorney Generals offices are planning on charging
    craiglist owners with knowingly offering prostitution services.

    In one section titled "erotic services", like duh, that needs
    explanation? Ads for prostitutes in several cities can easily be

    The investigation was sparked by the murder of a craiglist advertiser
    in a motel. Well duh. There are hundreds of crazees out there who
    haunt numerous such services and may have killed others using the same
    method or similar. `

    Like LEA people can't find similar stuff on myspace, facebook, digg,
    twitter, and other similar sites? Sheesh. I'll bet I can come up with
    a hundred in no time.
    richard, May 5, 2009
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    Evan Platt Guest

    Not gonna work. They've tried similar things with eBay - charging eBay
    with 'selling of stolen goods' when eBay is simply a venue.
    There's plenty of things that could fit in erotic services that have
    nothing to do with prostitution. I'm sure you've participated in many,
    likely under the M4M category.
    I'm sure you spent plenty of time looking.
    Speaking of crazees....
    Yeah, I bet you've got them all bookmarked.
    Evan Platt, May 5, 2009
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    Mike Yetto Guest

    From the Electronic Frontier Foundation's response to another
    attempt to hold Craigslist liable:

    'Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, passed in 1996,
    immunizes providers of "interactive computer service" such as
    Craigslist -- website operators, ISPs, domain name registrars --
    from state criminal liability for content posted by third

    Mike "no grounds for prosecution" Yetto
    Mike Yetto, May 7, 2009
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    G. Morgan Guest

    Yeah, that's pretty stupid. Are they also going to outlaw phone books because
    they have the "Escorts" section?

    This knee-jerk reaction is what politicians use to get themselves some free
    publicity. This reminds me of the asshole DA in NY that caused all the major
    ISP's to get rid of USENET.
    G. Morgan, May 7, 2009
  5. They ought to get 'em for false advertising too - because everytime
    I'm out of town and the girl shows up - she don't look nothin' like
    her picture.

    I say "Hey! Whaat are *YOU* -- the girl's mama?"

    But that's a whole nuther story...


    I am Bucky Breeder, (*(^; , and whilst my huge stimulus package
    may not save the US economy; it sure makes the wimmins happy!

    Pay your taxes to keep US torture tactics immune from prosecution:

    Repent! The end is near.... So, smoke 'em if you got 'em.
    Bucky Breeder, May 7, 2009
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    XS11E Guest

    Agree so far but...
    Now I have to disagree. ISPs were looking for way to raise fees w/o
    losing customers, suddenly they were handed a great excuse for a cost
    cutting measure, they dropped Usenet, didn't have to raise fees and
    told the customers it was an improvement to the ISP's services because
    the customers were being protected from kiddie porn!

    It was a very slick way for the ISPs to increase income w/o raising
    prices or losing customers!

    The DA in NY didn't 'cause' anything, he merely gave the ISPs an
    XS11E, May 7, 2009
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    G. Morgan Guest

    Well, true. That is a more accurate portrayal.
    G. Morgan, May 7, 2009
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    Mike Yetto Guest

    They only transfer the content, they do not create or edit it.
    Would your mail-carrier be resposible for delivering a
    threatening letter?
    The safe-harbour provision most certainly does. That was its
    Judges have agree to this provision and actually must do so. It
    is the law.

    Mike "no safe-harbour, no web" Yetto
    Mike Yetto, Jun 30, 2009
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    richard Guest

    If the owners of craiglist fail to remove illegal ads and services,
    then they could possibly be held criminally liable. At least ebay
    takes down any illegal content.

    Dennis Vaco, predecessor of Major Cuomo of NY, once tried filing
    charges against two usenet services for harboring child pornography.
    He lost the cases.

    If craiglist fails to remove the illegal ads, then they should be
    richard, Jun 30, 2009
  10. richard

    richard Guest

    No but it's illegal to use the US mail for that purpose.
    As long as the owner does his part and removes what is illegal.
    richard, Jun 30, 2009
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    Mike Yetto Guest

    Did you miss that I just made that point?
    When the carrier is notified of the illegal or infringing content
    it must be removed in a reasonable timeframe. The carrier is not
    responsible for finding every problem.

    Mike "so *that's* how you got your nom d'net" Yetto
    Mike Yetto, Jun 30, 2009
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    Mike Yetto Guest

    Who is Major Cuomo?

    Mike "or Major Deegan, for that matter" Yetto
    Mike Yetto, Jun 30, 2009
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    Evan Platt Guest

    Look who you're talking to.. .:)
    RtS seems to know quite a bit about every sting against pedophiles
    that goes on... And so does Weirdo Scott.....
    Evan Platt, Jul 1, 2009
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    Mike Yetto Guest

    It occured to me that it might be a miscommunication on my end,
    but all communications seemed to be missed on his.

    Mike "right, why *did* I bother?" Yetto
    Mike Yetto, Jul 1, 2009
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