27 Fla. J. Int'l L. 297 (2015)
Realism about Remedies and the Need for a CDA Takedown: A Comparative Analysis of 230 of the CDA and the U.K. Defamation Act 2013

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                             NOTE

 REALISM ABOUT REMEDIES AND THE NEED FOR A CDA
 TAKEDOWN: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF § 230 OF THE
         CDA AND THE U.K. DEFAMATION ACT 2013


                         Amanda Bennis*



I.   INTRODUCTION   ........................................................................... 298

II.  SECTION 230 OF THE CDA NEEDS TO BE AMENDED TO
     ADDRESS THE INTERNET'S IMPACT ON U.S.
     D EFAM ATION LAW  ...................................................................... 301
     A. Unique Aspects of the Internet ............................................. 301
     B. Defamation and the Internet ................................................ 303
         1. Traditional Elements of Defamation ................................ 303
         2. Obstacles to Recovery in Internet Defamation Cases ...... 304

III. T H E C D A   .................................................................................... 3 06
     A. Intent Behind the Creation of the CDA ................................ 306
     B. The Ambiguity Created by § 230 .......................................... 307
     C. Judicial Interpretation of§ 230(c)-A Divergence from
         Congress's Underlying Objective and the Creation of
         Immunity for Both Publishers and Distributors ................... 309
         1. Zeran v. America Online, Inc ........................................... 309
         2. Post-Zeran and § 230 Immunity ................................. 311
     D. Growing Dissatisfaction with the Broad
         Interpretation of§ 230 .................................................... 312

IV.   THE INTERNET, THE UNITED KINGDOM, AND
     D EFAMATION  LAW  ..................................................................... 314
     A. The 1996 UK. Defamation Act and the European
         Union Electronic Commerce Directive ........................... 314
      B. The New U.K. Defamation Act of2013 ........................... 315
      C. Potential Areas of Concern for the United States ............ 317

    * Amanda Bennis is an Associate in the Corporate and Securities Department at Stearns
 Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A. She graduated in 2015 with her J.D. from the
 University of Florida Levin College of Law. The author would like to thank Professors Lyrissa
 Barnett Lidsky and Elizabeth Lear at the University of Florida Levin College of Law for their
 assistance, comments, guidance, and encouragement throughout the Note writing process. The
 author would also like to thank her family for their love and support.

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