Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Internet Gambling Prohibition Act allows court-ordered removal of links to violators

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) has proposed a bill, the "Internet Gambling Prohibition Act," to make Internet gambling illegal. The provisions of this act do not require online providers to monitor for violations, but do require them to take action after a court grants an injunction. When the online provider is not directly providing the online gambling service, but a customer is providing it or using it, the online provider is required to remove or disable access to the provider of the gambling service, or remove any hypertext links from its servers to providers of such service, if those links are on servers it controls.

So if Google, for example, has advertising links to an online gambling site that was prosecuted under this law, the judge would be able to order Google to remove all links to that site.

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