Communications Decency Act
Information compiled for SCEN167 in Spring 1996.
Newspaper's Provocation to Test Decency Act,
archive of "Indecency" Law Statements
The legal challenge to the
has grown stronger with the merger of two civil lawsuits into a single action
in which the plaintiffs include the
American Library Association,
the Center for Democracy and Technology,
the American Civil Liberties Union,
a number of other civil rights groups,
The CDA makes it a felony to knowingly
transmit "indecent" or patently offensive sexual material over
communications networks where children may see it. Judith Krug of the ALA
says: "The Internet is the communications medium for the 21st century, and
the most important thing that has happened to communications since the
printing press. Our main argument is that you cannot limit ideas and
information to the lowest common denominator, which is what this law does.
It is unconstitutional to force adults to limit the information they can see
to a level suitable for children."
(Quoted by Educom
from New York Times 26 Feb 96 C2)
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