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FC: New Swedish law controlling the Internet (fwd)

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Date: Fri, 12 Jun 1998 04:56:30 -0700 (PDT)
From: Declan McCullagh <declan@well.com>
To: politech@vorlon.mit.edu
Subject: FC: New Swedish law controlling the Internet

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Date: Fri, 12 Jun 1998 01:09:33 +0100
From: Jacob Palme <jpalme@dsv.su.se>
To: Declan McCullagh <declan@well.com>
Subject: New Swedish law controlling the Internet

The Swedish parliament has in May 1998 passed a new act to
regulate what in this act is designated as "Electronic
Bulletin Boards". The act does, in reality, not only apply
to BBSes, but also to most services providing information
on the Internet, such as WWW servers, Usenet News servers,
etc. It can be seen as a Swedish attempt to handle the same
problem which caused the infamous Communications Decency
Act in the U.S.

A short summary of the law: A supplier of Internet-based
information services is to some extent responsible for
illegal content in these services, even if these illegal
contents have been submitted by users of the service. This
responsibility is limited to what is obviously illegal
according to certain other acts, for example racial
agitation, child pornography or copyright infringement. To
fulfill the requirements of the law, the supplier must
supervise the contents of the service. If, however,
checking every single message is too cumbersome, the
provider can handle the supervision through an abuse board,
to which users can complain about illegal messages.

For more information and the full text of the act in
English translation, see URL
Jacob Palme <jpalme@dsv.su.se> (Stockholm University and KTH)
for more info see URL: http://www.dsv.su.se/~jpalme
Between 26-31 June use phone No. +46-8-664 77 48 not +46-8-16 16 67

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