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Battle to protect children in cyberspace

A federal judge blocks the Child Online Protection Act, which aimed to curb minors' access to online pornography but was found likely to breach the First Amendment.

A federal judge rules in the courtroom drama that pitted civil liberties groups against advocates of protecting children from harmful material online. The decision to block the Child Online Protection Act marks just the latest development in government's continuing effort to hammer out the First Amendment's boundaries in cyberspace.

Federal judge blocks COPA
update A federal judge blocks the Child Online Protection Act, which aimed to curb minors' access to online pornography but was found likely to breach the First Amendment.

COPA ruling expected soon
Lawyers say they expect the judge to rule by Monday on whether to grant the ACLU's request for a preliminary injunction preventing enforcement of the Child Online Protection Act.

Child online protection hearings close
The government could usurp parental control over what children see online if a new law designed to restrain online pornography goes into effect, plaintiffs argue.

Witness: Adult content easy to access online
A DOJ witness introduces the Pamela Anderson Lee honeymoon video into evidence to argue that it is easy to access adult material online without proof of age.

Sunshine allowed on COPA hearing
The courtroom will remain open in a free speech challenge to the Child Online Protection Act, ending a sideshow in the hearing to decide the fate of the law.

DOJ to wrap up pro-COPA testimony
The government's three final witnesses are scheduled to testify that enforcement of the law is feasible and that enough "harmful" material is online that it is badly needed.

DOJ goes on offensive in COPA trial
A witness for the government testifies that just like liquor stores, Web sites can ask for valid ID to keep minors from getting a hold of "harmful material."

Legal wrangling holds up CDA II suit--again
Arguments in the suit to stamp out the Child Online Protection Act are stalled again due to legal wrangling over whether to lock the public out of parts of the hearing.

Witness: Credit cards not age verifying tools
A computer security expert testifies that some minors carry plastic, so credit cards can't be used to enforce the Child Online Protection Act.

Sites testify in child protection suit
Content providers from news, sexual health, and gay sites testify that openly publishing their content, which is protected by the First Amendment, could land them in jail.

Child protection hearing held up
The hearing over the Child Online Protection Act faces another First Amendment issue: whether the court should be closed to press while plaintiffs disclose trade secrets during testimony.