CDA II temporarily blocked

Courtesy of Peacefire (http://www.peacefire.org)

A federal judge has issued a temporary order saying that "CDA II" will be put on hold, and not enforced until a court can rule on whether the law is constitutional or not.

CDA II, like the original CDA passed in 1996 and struck down in 1997, makes it a crime to post material "harmful to minors" on the Internet unless the poster implements restrictions -- such as expensive credit-card screen or age-verification system. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit against CDA II include Salon Magazine (http://www.salonmagazine.com) and A Different Light Bookstore, who have joined the lawsuit arguing that they would be forced to shut down their sites altogether if the law were upheld. (Both companies publish content that discusses sexual issues or may contain profanity.)

This *does not mean* that the law has been struck down. It only means that the law has temporarily been put on hold, and cannot be enforced until courts have decided whether it is constitutional.

The press release from the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation is online at: http://www.aclu.org/features/f101698a.html

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