The US Supreme Court meets this week to consider whether the Communications Decency Act should be resurrected for an appearance in the top US appeal court.
Public outcry against pornography on the Internet led to the inclusion of the controversial clause in the US 1996 Telecommunications Act. However, the Act was received with disdain by the online community, which perceived it as a major infringement of the right of the individual to freedom of speech.
On its first outing in a test case, Reno vs American Civil Liberties Union, in June this year, the Philadelphia Federal Court put the boot in and stated that the Act amounted to an abridgement of free speech, and was unacceptably vague. The judges said Congress was wrong to impose more restrictions on the electronic word than exist on the written word.
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