Jones v. Dirty World Entertainment Recordings LLC

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Jones v. Dirty World Entertainment Recordings LLC is case in which the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals adopted the Roommates material development test for limiting immunity under section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA).wikipedia
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Nik Richie

TheDirty.com is a website, founded by Nik Richie, that publishes anonymous gossip from site users.
In June 2011, ABC News program 20/20 ran a story about Richie and his legal battle with Sarah Jones.

William Odis Bertelsman

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The district court judge, William O. Bertelsman, filed a Memorandum Opinion to further explain his decision.
Bertelsman provided the Opinion for the case Jones v. Dirty World Entertainment Recordings LLC.

Cincinnati Ben–Gals

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A libel suit was pursued by Sarah Jones, formerly a high school teacher and Cincinnati Ben–Gals cheerleader, against Dirty World, LLC, (Dirty World) operator of the celebrity gossip web site TheDirty.com, concerning two postings on TheDirty.com that Dirty World refused to remove. Jones was a resident of Northern Kentucky, a teacher at Dixie Heights High School in Edgewood, Kentucky and a member of the cheerleading squad of the Cincinnati Bengals professional football team.
Sarah Jones, plaintiff in the Jones v. Dirty World Entertainment Recordings LLC lawsuit and formerly tried for alleged sex abuse.

Dixie Heights High School

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Jones was a resident of Northern Kentucky, a teacher at Dixie Heights High School in Edgewood, Kentucky and a member of the cheerleading squad of the Cincinnati Bengals professional football team.

Hung jury

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The trial ended in a mistrial after the jury hung, but Jones prevailed at the second trial, winning $338,000 in combined compensatory and punitive damages.

Indictment

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In an unusual turn of events, while her civil lawsuit remained pending, on March 29, 2012, plaintiff Sarah Jones was indicted by a Kenton County grand jury which charged her with a felony count of "Sexual abuse in the first degree" and "Unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities".

Grand jury

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In an unusual turn of events, while her civil lawsuit remained pending, on March 29, 2012, plaintiff Sarah Jones was indicted by a Kenton County grand jury which charged her with a felony count of "Sexual abuse in the first degree" and "Unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual or other prohibited activities".

Reputation management

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The case generated considerable interest in the reputation management industry, since it was the first time CDA was not accepted as a defense.

American Civil Liberties Union

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Amicus brief by various CDA proponents: ACLU, EFF, CDT, DMLP, PPP, Wendy Seltzer and Adam Holland.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

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Amicus brief by various CDA proponents: ACLU, EFF, CDT, DMLP, PPP, Wendy Seltzer and Adam Holland.

Center for Democracy and Technology

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Amicus brief by various CDA proponents: ACLU, EFF, CDT, DMLP, PPP, Wendy Seltzer and Adam Holland.

Amazon (company)

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Amicus brief by online service providers: Advanced Publications, Inc, Amazon.com, Inc., Avvo, Inc., Buzzfeed, Inc., Cable News Network, Inc., Curbed.com LLC, Gawker Media, LLC, Magazine Publishers of America, Inc., The McClatchy Company, The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, TripAdvisor LLC, Yahoo! Inc, and Yelp Inc.

Avvo

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Amicus brief by online service providers: Advanced Publications, Inc, Amazon.com, Inc., Avvo, Inc., Buzzfeed, Inc., Cable News Network, Inc., Curbed.com LLC, Gawker Media, LLC, Magazine Publishers of America, Inc., The McClatchy Company, The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, TripAdvisor LLC, Yahoo! Inc, and Yelp Inc.

BuzzFeed

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Amicus brief by online service providers: Advanced Publications, Inc, Amazon.com, Inc., Avvo, Inc., Buzzfeed, Inc., Cable News Network, Inc., Curbed.com LLC, Gawker Media, LLC, Magazine Publishers of America, Inc., The McClatchy Company, The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, TripAdvisor LLC, Yahoo! Inc, and Yelp Inc.

CNN

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Amicus brief by online service providers: Advanced Publications, Inc, Amazon.com, Inc., Avvo, Inc., Buzzfeed, Inc., Cable News Network, Inc., Curbed.com LLC, Gawker Media, LLC, Magazine Publishers of America, Inc., The McClatchy Company, The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, TripAdvisor LLC, Yahoo! Inc, and Yelp Inc.

Curbed

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Amicus brief by online service providers: Advanced Publications, Inc, Amazon.com, Inc., Avvo, Inc., Buzzfeed, Inc., Cable News Network, Inc., Curbed.com LLC, Gawker Media, LLC, Magazine Publishers of America, Inc., The McClatchy Company, The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, TripAdvisor LLC, Yahoo! Inc, and Yelp Inc.

Gawker Media

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Amicus brief by online service providers: Advanced Publications, Inc, Amazon.com, Inc., Avvo, Inc., Buzzfeed, Inc., Cable News Network, Inc., Curbed.com LLC, Gawker Media, LLC, Magazine Publishers of America, Inc., The McClatchy Company, The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, TripAdvisor LLC, Yahoo! Inc, and Yelp Inc.

The McClatchy Company

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Amicus brief by online service providers: Advanced Publications, Inc, Amazon.com, Inc., Avvo, Inc., Buzzfeed, Inc., Cable News Network, Inc., Curbed.com LLC, Gawker Media, LLC, Magazine Publishers of America, Inc., The McClatchy Company, The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, TripAdvisor LLC, Yahoo! Inc, and Yelp Inc.

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

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Amicus brief by online service providers: Advanced Publications, Inc, Amazon.com, Inc., Avvo, Inc., Buzzfeed, Inc., Cable News Network, Inc., Curbed.com LLC, Gawker Media, LLC, Magazine Publishers of America, Inc., The McClatchy Company, The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, TripAdvisor LLC, Yahoo! Inc, and Yelp Inc.

TripAdvisor

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Amicus brief by online service providers: Advanced Publications, Inc, Amazon.com, Inc., Avvo, Inc., Buzzfeed, Inc., Cable News Network, Inc., Curbed.com LLC, Gawker Media, LLC, Magazine Publishers of America, Inc., The McClatchy Company, The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, TripAdvisor LLC, Yahoo! Inc, and Yelp Inc.

Yahoo!

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Amicus brief by online service providers: Advanced Publications, Inc, Amazon.com, Inc., Avvo, Inc., Buzzfeed, Inc., Cable News Network, Inc., Curbed.com LLC, Gawker Media, LLC, Magazine Publishers of America, Inc., The McClatchy Company, The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, TripAdvisor LLC, Yahoo! Inc, and Yelp Inc.

Yelp

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Amicus brief by online service providers: Advanced Publications, Inc, Amazon.com, Inc., Avvo, Inc., Buzzfeed, Inc., Cable News Network, Inc., Curbed.com LLC, Gawker Media, LLC, Magazine Publishers of America, Inc., The McClatchy Company, The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, TripAdvisor LLC, Yahoo! Inc, and Yelp Inc.

AOL

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Amicus brief by various interactive computer services: AOL, Inc., eBay, Inc., Facebook, Inc., Google, Inc., LinkedIn Corp., Microsoft Corp., Tumblr, Inc., Twitter, Inc., and Zynga Inc.