Coalition Of Industry And Civil Liberties Groups Supports Court Fight To Protect Free Speech Online
January 11, 1999
A broad coalition of industry and civil liberties groups told a federal judge in Philadelphia today that the new Child Online Protection Act (COPA) violates the constitutional right of Americans to free speech and fails to protect children. More than 20 groups representing publishers, Internet service providers, journalists and the technology industry signed an amicus brief in support of the American Civil Liberties Union's challenge to the COPA. As part of a preliminary injunction proceeding, the coalition's 35-page amicus brief argues that less restrictive alternatives do a far better job of protecting children in a global medium than any U.S. law ever could.