Supreme Court Declines to Hear Appeal on Child Online Protective Act

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on January 21, 2009

CDT news release: “The Supreme Court Wednesday dealt the final blow to the government’s 10-year campaign to place onerous restrictions on Internet content. The Court declined to hear the government’s appeal of lower court rulings [3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Decision in COPA February 22, 2008] that declared the Child Online Protection Act as unconstitutional. COPA passed in 1998 but was never enforced due to immediate court challenges on First Amendment grounds. Since COPA was passed there have been at least three major commissions or studies that have concluded that education and voluntary technology tools are the most effective way to protect kids online. These approaches are the ones Congress and the President should pursue to enhance Internet safety.”

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