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Online service provider

An online service provider is an entity which provides a service online. It can include ISPs and web sites, such as the Wikipedia or message board operators.

This broad definition is significant for the Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act (OCILLA) portion of the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which defines an online service provider in two different ways for different portions of the law:

These broad definitions make it possible for a large number of web businesses to benefit from the OCILLA.

See also: Online service provider law