Whether A Bbs Can Be Liable For Copyright Infringement Depends On The Standards Of Knowledge For Contributory Infringement

In Religious Technology Center v. Netcom On-Line Communication Services, Inc., the court determined whether a bulletin board service and the large Internet providers should be liable for the copyright infringement of a third party. This case determined the standards of knowledge for contributory infringement and the fair use defense.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What is a Usenet Newsgroup?
What are the elements of a claim for copyright infringement
What is the fair use defense?
What are the facts of this case?
What did the court determine?

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