Feature on Ashcroft v. ACLU
The ACLU welcomed a federal appeals court ruling that a law meant to safeguard children against Internet pornography would block lawful and valuable speech for adults.
The case has to do with a law passed by Congress in 1998 called the Child Online Protection Act (COPA), a broad censorship law that severely restricts any speech on the Web that is “harmful to minors,” and imposes steep fines and prison terms for violators. Read more >>
Third Circuit ruling (3/2003)
Supreme Court ruling (5/2002)
Text of COPA (the law being ruled on by the Supreme Court)
1998 Justice Deptartment letter to Congress (expressing concerns about COPA legislation)
Materials on Reno v. ACLU (earlier case striking Communications Decency Act)
Materials on ACLU v. Reno II (precursor to Ashcroft v. ACLU)
ACLU, et al. v. Ashcroft Brief Appealing COPA
Supreme Court Maintains Ban on Internet Censorship Law 5/13/2002
Stefan Presser of the ACLU of Pennsylvania Foundation
David L. Sobel of the Electronic Privacy Information Center
Alexandra A.E. Shapiro, Christopher R. Harris, Michele M. Pyle, and Mark H. Goldberg of Latham & Watkins
Lee Tien of the Electronic Frontier Foundation
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