Liability For On-line Intermediaries : A European Perspective
This paper first provides a general description of the players and their roles, a list of those areas of law from which liability could derive and an outline of the types of liability that could be imposed on on-line intermediaries for illegal actions initiated by others. It also describes the roles of contracts and codes of conduct in this area. Next, the analysis presents a summary of the legal situation in various EU Members and it addresses EU developments on this issue, particularly the Commission's forthcoming Proposal for a Directive. The last section analyses several factors that legislators should consider when deciding the scope of liability of on-line intermediaries and it assesses the role of technologies. The social and economic impact of the application of different standards of liability is also addressed.--SCAD summary.