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CDA: The Communications "Decency" Act

Some uptight senator and his jack-booted religious cronies decided that the Internet was a place that children should not be exposed to.

What are they trying to do -- "child proof" then entire country? Must everything we see and hear and do be suitable only for the most uneducated and innocent of minds?

The current state of affairs...

Free speech court decision The first hurdle to oveturn the Communications Decency Act was cleared some time ago. This graphic was used as an indicator of the status of the case. It is a link to the (archived) VTW site describing the case.
Countdown to Supreme Court From the Citizens Internet Empowerment Coalition (CIEC) web site:

Washington (CIEC) Thurdsay, 1997-Jun-26 -- The Supreme Court today ruled unanimously that the Communications Decency Act violates the First Amendment. Writing for the court, Justice John Paul Stevens held that "the CDA places an unacceptably heavy burden on protected speech" and found that all provisions of the CDA are unconsitutional as they apply to "indecent" or "patently offensive" speech. In a separate concurrence, Chief Justice William Rhenquist and Justice Sandra Day O'Connor agreed that the provisions of the CDA are all unconstitutional except in their narrow application to "communications between an adult and one or more minors."

The beat goes on... News stories from: The ACLU, The CIEC, The EFF, The EPIC, Wired, and a search on Google.







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