Thursday, February 09, 2006

They saved the soul of the Internet

It's 10 years since the US Supreme Court made its historic decision that the Internet deserves full First Amendment protection, striking down sections of the Communications Decency Act as unconstitutional:

"In Sable (a case establishing that indecent sexual speech is legal for adults), we remarked that the speech restriction at issue there amounted to 'burn(ing) the house to roast the pig,'" [Justice] Stevens wrote. "The CDA, casting a far darker shadow over free speech, threatens to torch a large segment of the internet community."

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