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.
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."
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.
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