I believe this is a blow for the First Amendment.
Today, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
struck down the Child Online Protection Act
. Also, read COPA's report
online. In related news, the Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments
regarding a law which requires "filters" to be placed on public library computers. Can any of these laws be written to satisfy constitutional requirements? Julie Hilden
has already contemplated
this issue. Will the U.S. follow Canada's lead
by enacting similar anti-porn laws? Despite support in the U.S. for such laws, the Indianapolis model pornography law was struck down as unconstitutional nearly ten years ago. It seems even Canada is rejecting the Dworkin/MacKinnon
point of view. Is there any middle ground in this showdown of liberty and equality? Which value should prevail? Are these values really at odds with each other?