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Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 2016

Paragraph 1: Exceptions for mere conduits

This paragraph sets out when a service provider is not capable of being guilty of an offence under Section 51.

The circumstances are where the information society service provided consists of the provision of access to a communication network or the transmission in a communication network of information provided by a recipient of the service. In such circumstances the service provider is not capable of being guilty of an offence if it does not initiate the transmission, select the recipient of the transmission or select or modify the information contained in the transmission.

A service provider is, however, capable of being guilty of an offence if it stores the information for longer than is reasonably necessary for the transmission.

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