Thursday, March 22, 2007

Child Online Protection Act Struck Down

A judge, Senior U.S. District Judge Lowell Reed Jr, has struck down the Child Online Protection Act.

Citing it's vagueness and First Amendment unconstitutionality, Reed said:
"Perhaps we do the minors of this country harm if First Amendment protections, which they will with age inherit fully, are chipped away in the name of their protection."
He also (accurately in my opinion) stated that a greater threat are child predators who directly affect the welfare of children's lives as opposed to the 'possibility' of seeing explicit sexuality and that parents have the responsibility to control their computer and their children rather than putting the government in charge of controlling freedom of expression & businesses.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Nicki said...

excellent point. they designed internet browsers that way, so that parents/anybody on the computer could control what can be seen and what can't. sure, not all parents parent in the "right" way, but who's even to say that there is a right way? we can't let the government parent children...just imagine what would happen *shudders*

March 23, 2007 1:48 AM  
Blogger Marketing Whore said...

I'm thrilled, but also very surprised at the decision. I didn'think there was a judge who would see the 1st Amendment rights for the 'save the children' cries. But I'm proud to say I'm American today ;)

March 23, 2007 11:29 AM  

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