Supreme Court Briefs Filed in Free Expression Case
September 21, 2001
The Chamber of Commerce, the Information Technology Association of America, and the Computer & Communications Industry Association today filed friend of the court briefs in Ashcroft v. ACLU, the case before the Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the Child Online Protection Act (COPA). The brief argues that COPA's requirement that web sites comply with a vague "harmful to minors" standard created a chilling effect on online speech. In a separate brief, industry groups argued that the existence of widely available user empowerment technologies and tools make clear that the content-based restrictions in COPA are not the least restrictive means of protecting children from harmful materials on the Internet. Also, the American Civil Liberties Union (the lead party opposing COPA) filed its formal response to the arguments presented by the Department of Justice.