NET CENSORSHIP GETS SLAPPED DOWN
SCORE ONE FOR FREE CYBERspeech: On June 11, Philadelphia's federal court of appeals unanimously struck down the Communications Decency Act of 1996. The court said the law, which criminalizes online distribution of indecent materials to minors, violates constitutional free-speech protections. It said online communications should have at least the same broad First Amendment rights as print. The government will likely appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, which will probably hear the case this fall.
EDITED BY KELLEY HOLLAND
Updated June 14, 1997 by bwwebmaster
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