Child Protection Law Suffers Another Setback

By David
July 1, 2004

“WASHINGTON — A narrowly divided Supreme Court ruled this week that a law meant to protect children from pornography online probably is an unconstitutional violation of free speech.

By a 5-4 vote, the justices upheld an appeals court injunction against the Child Online Protection Act, which would criminalize the unrestricted display of “content harmful to minors” by commercial Web sites. COPA requires that sites containing adult content verify the age of users before allowing access, and contains penalties of up to $500,000 and five years in jail for violators […]”