Anti-Porn Child Protection Act Ruled Unconstitutional

  • Comments: 3
  • Written on: March 26th, 2007

Anytime the ACLU gets involved with a case, I always wonder what the motivations behind the organization’s involvement are. In their most recent courtroom victory, the ACLU has defeated a law that was intended to prevent minors from being exposed to pornography on the Internet.

The ACLU convinced a U.S. District Judge in Philadelphia that the already-embattled Child Online Protection Act (COPA) is unconstitutional and violated Americans’ First Amendment rights.

A news parody program called The Half Hour News hour aired the commentary below about the ACLU and its frequent alignments with the less than desirable forces in society today.


The act, which was not being enforced anyway because of other legal challenges, was enacted in 1998 by Congress to slow the appearance of pornography on the Web – especially sites that offered “free samples” of lewd images without any age verification to protect minors.

Judge Lowell Reed agreed with the ACLU when he barred the Government from enforcing the Act. The original intent of the law was to make it illegal for commercial Web sites to make content available via the World Wide Web that is “harmful to minors.” Website owners convicted of violating the act could have been fined up to $50,000 and put in jail for six months.

If COPA sounds familiar to you, its because it was in the news about a year ago when the Justice Department used the act to demand Internet search records from the major search giants, Google, MSN, and Yahoo. Google was the only company to resist the subpenas, and was heralded in the online community for doing so.

  1. Bill Tones
    Bill Tones said on March 26th, 2007 at 10:16 am

    It was once said that "If Fascism ever comes to the US it will come in the guise of Americanism."

    I can understand wanting to protect children, but mocking the ACLU for protecting the fringes of society, is not something that causes me to look well on Fox news.

    If our rights to peaceably assemble, or to free speech are ever successfully suppressed by the government, it will be because the people of the United States failed their duty to watch dog the government, and let them violate the rights of the few.

  2. Josh the Aspie said on March 28th, 2007 at 6:22 pm

    I was reading up on this the other day, and I just came across some information on another child porn act on fox news. I’m not sure if they’re different parts of the same act, but Apparently the US supreme court will be hearing the case to see if they will overturn the US district court case.

    You can view the video on their online news feed.

  3. The ACLU Comes Out Against Obama Health Care said on July 21st, 2009 at 9:57 am

    […] am used to the ACLU defending the indefensible and taking ridiculous positions on issues that inflame public […]

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