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Reality Check

2002-05-31 19:19:36+00 by TC 1 comments

Sometimes the system does work. I'm still waiting for someone to say "April Fools" but it is June after all...

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#Comment made: 2002-06-02 17:52:25+00 by: Shawn

This is a double-edged sword - the only question being when and whether the backhand will strike.

According to the legalities of censorship and obcenity, the primary thing that keeps more universally restrictive laws from standing is the existence of a less invasive method of censoring the "obsecne" or "dangerous" material. For example; it has been [successfully] argued in the past that a nationwide banning of pornography is unconstitutional because less invasive ways exist - filtering programs - for individuals and organizations to "protect" themselves.

Now that filtering has been ruled to be ineffective, the courts could rule that federal laws banning adult material (or requiring credit card access to prove adulthood, or...) are permissable because no reasonable alternative exists for "protecting children".

(I'm not a lawyer - this point comes from Not In Front of the Children: 'Indecency,' Censorship, and the Innocence of Youth.)