ISP legal liability
Posted on 2004-03-21
I am working on a project for the ISP that I work for. I have recently discovered that it is much easier than it should be to gain access to the internet, even host various types of network services with complete anonymity.
If someone were to use this loop hole, and say, host something very illegal on an ftp or something, what type of liability does our company have? I have read over the Communications Decency Act of 1996 and it seems that as far as copyright infringement we are in the clear; however, what if we were asked to provide information about someone using our service, hosting these hypothetical illegal activities. If we did not have a scapegoat to pin, what could we do? I assume there is a negligence issue here.
If anyone is a lawyer, or knows a lot about this type of thing, I would really appreciate it if I could be pointed to some similar court cases, or possibly any legal documentation that brushes the issue at hand.
At this point the question is worth only 95 points. If a good answer is given , I will not hesitate to give all the points I have avalable – 495