[Air-l] MySpace sued again ...

kelly boudreau kelly.boudreau at gmail.com
Fri Jan 19 11:00:20 PST 2007


Interestingly, I used the same coffee shop reference
here<http://digitalconversations.blogspot.com/2007/01/myspace-parental-responsibility.html>.
Thank you for taking it a step further.

There was a recent-ish Law & Order episode that dealt with similar issues
surrounding social networking sites (the fictional "B-friendz site). With
such a large viewing audience, I am always nervous when such a big
production handles such potentially controversial issues - but I was quite
pleased with how the show discussed responsibility not only on the web
site's part, but also on the parents. Episode Information can be found
here<http://www.tv.com/law-and-order/avatar/episode/870987/summary.html>
.

Kelly Boudreau
Concordia University,
Montreal Canada
www.gamecode.ca


On 1/19/07, Alexis Turner <subbies at redheadedstepchild.org> wrote:
>
>
>
> If a coffee shop/bookstore/library/etc allows both adults and teenagers to
> use
> its premises, and pedophiles happen to like it because it is near a
> Catholic
> girl's school (and thus uniformed students happen to frequent it), would
> the
> coffee shop be responsible if a pedophile struck up a conversation with a
> student in the shop and this later led to an assault?  In other words, is
> the coffee shop somehow *facilitating*, aiding, or abetting the aspects of
> this event, including the illegal ones?  If so, does this mean the
> business
> model of the coffee shop (allowing people to meet and talk) inherently
> assists illegal activity?  What steps would the coffee shop legally, or
> morally,
> be required to take to prevent this from happening?  If it is not
> *required* to
> take any steps, should it anyway?
> -Alexis
>
>
>



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