Massachusetts Internet Obscenity Law Blocked

posted on 2010-12-03 23:51 EST

On October 27, United States District Judge Rya W. Zobel blocked a Massachusetts Internet obscenity law that was intended to protect children from sexually explicit material. Zobel ruled that the statute was so broad that it would harm general websites and electronic communication. When the law was drafted, booksellers and website publishers sued, saying it did not distinguish between open websites and obscene material sent knowingly to a child. Zobel ruled with the plaintiffs, saying the statute violated the First Amendment's freedom of speech. Attorney General Martha Coakley's office, which helped draft the law, said it has not decided on whether to appeal the judge's order or change the law.

Thanks to Chris Caron for the news tip.


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