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Submission + - Web sites liable for some user-generated content

spiritraveller writes: The New York Times reports on a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals case (PDF) holding that website Roommates.com can be held liable for some content that user's post on it. The court seems to rely on the fact that Roommates.com created checkbox choices which are alleged to violate the Fair Housing Act. The court also held the web site could not be liable for submissions in the "additional preferences" field because the website was not involved in creating that content.

Does this mean we'll be seeing fewer textareas and more checkboxes from now on?

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