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Net porn measure gets House vote

WASHINGTON--The U.S. House of Representatives voted 400 to 25 on Thursday in favor of a complicated child safety bill that also would ban computer-generated child pornography and sexually explicit Internet sites with misleading addresses. A product of a compromise between House and Senate negotiators, the 118-page measure faces possible opposition in the Senate, where some Democrats would have preferred a simpler bill aimed only at child kidnapping.

The final version of the bill would ban erotic, computer-generated images that are "indistinguishable from" real children or teenagers, and says anyone who tries to lure an underage person to a sexually explicit site that is "harmful to minors" faces up to four years in prison. It also calls for "an analysis of the technology being used by the child pornography industry."