COPA Struck Down

The federal district court hearing the ACLU’s overbreadth challenge to the Child Online Protection Act (AFC posts here, here, and here) ruled yesterday that less restrictive measures such as software filters could effectively control minors’ access to “harmful” material and that COPA violates the First Amendment. The judge’s 84-page decision is here. Infothought, which has followed the trial more closely, posted a COPA links roundup after the decision’s release.

COPA Trial Expert’s Report II

Seth Finkelstein has posted on Infothought the COPA Expert’s Report on the “prevalence of sexually explicit websites on the worldwide web, the frequency with which searches return sexually explicit websites, and the efficacy of content filters in blocking those websites.” Infothought remains a good source of COPA trial commentary. Follow these links to the full report and its supplements: