Pair of court rulings discombobulates Internet


— 11:08 AM on June 29, 2004

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the COPA law today that's intended to shelter kids from Internet pr0n. The court split 5-4 on the ruling, but not along precise left-right ideological lines. The majority bought the ALCU's argument that the law is too restrictive on speech protected by the First Amendment:

For now, the law, known as the Child Online Protection Act, would sweep with too broad a brush, Kennedy wrote. "There is a potential for extraordinary harm and a serious chill upon protected speech" if the law took effect, he said.

Kennedy said that filtering software "is not a perfect solution to the problem of children gaining access to harmful-to-minors materials." So far, he added, the government has failed to prove that other technologies would work better.

As parents wrent their clothing, the Internet was further upset by a ruling about whether customers may take their non-portable IP addresses away from their ISPs.
 
   
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