Zachary Kaufman on Digital Bad Samaritans


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In this episode, Zachary D. Kaufman, Associate Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Houston Law Center, discusses his article "Digital Age Samaritans," which is published in the Boston College Law Review. Kaufman begins by describing "bad samaritan" laws that impose liability on certain people who fail to report crimes or other harms. He observes that these laws are common, but rarely used, and poorly suited to modern form of digital communication. He discusses a case study of a sexual assault that was videostreamed live, and how bad samaritan laws could apply to digital bypasses. He also presents a model bad samaritan law for the digital age. Kaufman is on twitter at @zacharykaufman.

This episode was hosted by Brian L. Frye, Spears-Gilbert Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky College of Law. Frye is on Twitter at @brianlfrye.

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