This week the U.S. Supreme Court declined review of Mukasey v ACLU, the July 2008 decision of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals that held the Child Online Protection Act of 1998 to be unconstitutional.
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.
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:
- Expert Report of Philip B. Stark, Ph.D.: http://sethf.com/infothought/blog/archives/copa-censorware-stark-report.pdf
- Rebuttal Expert Report and Rule 26(E) Disclosure: http://sethf.com/infothought/blog/archives/copa-censorware-stark-supp.pdf
- Supplemental Rebuttal Expert Report: http://sethf.com/infothought/blog/archives/copa-censorware-stark-supp2.pdf