Communications Decency Act
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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...
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.
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
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