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Vol.13 Issue 1 (2017)

Internet Intermediary Liability: WILMap, Theory and Trends

Giancarlo F. Frosio

To better understand the heterogeneity of the international online intermediary liability regime—with the collaboration of an amazing team of contributors across five continents—I have developed and launched the World Intermediary Liability Map (WILMap), a detailed Englishlanguage resource, hosted at Stanford CIS and comprising of case law, statutes, and proposed laws related to intermediary liability worldwide. Since its launch in July 2014, the WILMap has been steadily and rapidly growing. Today, the WILMap covers almost one hundred jurisdictions across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, North America and Oceania. This article begins with an introduction of the WILMap and the surrounding landscape of recent projects related to intermediary liability. The aim is to discuss the advancement in intermediary liability theory and describing the emerging regulatory trends.


Senior researcher and Lecturer, Center for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI), Universitè de Strasbourg; non-resident Fellow, Stanford Law School, Center for Internet and Society. S.J.D., Duke University School of Law, Durham, north Carolina; LL.M., Duke University School of Law, Durham, north Carolina; LL.M., Strathclyde University, glasgow, UK; J.D., Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy. The author can be reached at gcfrosio@ceipi.

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