Liability Of Websites Hosting Interactive Forums In France

In two recent cases, French Courts have held owners of websites hosting interactive forums responsible for the illegal content of messages posted on these forums, whereas the authors of these messages have not even been sued. Certain existing legal provisions could provide these websites with more legal security, but Courts are not quite sure that these provision apply. Courts therefore apply diverse legal theories, which lead to certain legal confusion.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What types of websites should be concerned by these decisions?
What law apply to these websites?
What should the websites hosting interactive forums do in order to increase their legal security?

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