Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Child Online Protection Act put to rest by Supreme Court

In a case that's been watched by the digital rights community for may years, the Child Online Protection Act of 1998 was finally killed off for good in the latest US Supreme Court decision on the Act today. Scotusblog says:
"The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused the federal government’s request to salvage a six-year-old law seeking to ban minors’ access to sexually explicit material on the World Wide Web. Acting on that law for the third time, the Justices simply declined to review a Third Circuit Court decision last July striking down the Child Online Protection Act of 1998. The Justices’ action came without comment and with no noted dissents in Mukasey v. American Civil Liberties Union, et al. (08-565)."

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