Is vacation rental site Airbnb illegal?

Last week a judge in New York ruled online vacation rental site Airbnb is violating laws against running illegal hotels.

If you're spending this Memorial Day in somebody else's house that you rented online, you might have used vacation website Airbnb -- but not in state of New York...not for long at least. Last week a judge in New York ruled the company is violating laws against running illegal hotels.

Jonathan Zittrain, co-founder of Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society, says online rental websites have challenged some old expectations and regulations of room and board.

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Jonathan Zittrain is a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Faculty Co-Director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

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