Ashcroft v. ACLU Feature
The Supreme Court struck down the Child Online Protection Act as an unconstitutional government attempt to censor free speech on the Internet.
“The Court ruling demonstrates that there are many less restrictive ways to protect children without sacrificing communication intended for adults,” the ACLU said. “By upholding the order stopping Attorney General Ashcroft from enforcing this questionable federal law, the Court has made it safe for artists, sex educators, and web publishers to communicate with adults about sexuality without risking jail time.”
Text of COPA (the law being ruled on by the Supreme Court)
1998 Justice Deptartment letter to Congress (expressing concerns about COPA legislation)
Amended Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief
Supreme Court Upholds Block on Internet Censorship Law 6/29/2004
Stefan Presser of the ACLU of Pennsylvania Foundation
David L. Sobel of the Electronic Privacy Information Center
Christopher R. Harris, Michele M. Pyle, and Mark H. Goldberg of Latham & Watkins
Lee Tien of the Electronic Frontier Foundation
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