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Supreme Court Kills Law Targetting Porn Sites

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by The Scarlet Pimp, Jan 24, 2009.

  1. The Scarlet Pimp

    The Scarlet Pimp Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Good news if you run a smut site... :D

    Supreme Court Deals Death Blow to Anti-Porn Laws:

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10147171-38.html

    The U.S. Department of Justice has been trying since 1998 to
    convince courts that a federal anti-porn law targeting sexually
    explicit Web sites was constitutional.

    No longer. On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected
    prosecutors' last-ditch defense of the Child Online Protection
    Act, meaning that the law will not be enforced.

    COPA was enacted during the anti-Internet porn scares of the
    late 1990s, in part as a narrower answer to a previous Net
    censorship law that also met its demise in the courts. Any
    commercial Web site operator that posts "material that is
    harmful to minors" faces six months in prison and a fine of up
    to $50,000.

    The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit against the law in
    Philadelphia, saying the prohibition was so broad and vague that
    even traditional publishers could face fines and imprisonment.

    Plaintiffs included Salon.com, which occasionally publishes racy
    material, the California-based lesbian-gay A Different Light
    Bookstore, PlanetOut, and a now-defunct coalition that included
    CNET Networks (publisher of CNET News), The New York Times Co.,
    and Reuters. (A CNET executive testified against the law in
    January 1999.)
     
  2. hotstox

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    lol hardly a death blow, as long as 2257 is around in it's current form the antis will always have the upper hand and leverage. Sucks but it's the way it is.