From CitizenLink.com (a Focus on the Family site): Michael J. Fox Campaigning for Embryonic Stem-Cell Research Supporters

October 24, 2006

Michael J. Fox Campaigning for Embryonic Stem-Cell Research Supporters
(Paid for by Focus on the Family Action)

The Child Online Protection Act, signed by President Clinton in 1998, mandates that Web-site operators take measures to ensure minors are not exposed to material deemed “harmful to children.” The criterion is considered “contemporary community standards.”

Sites carrying questionable content are required to demand proof of age from visitors; violators can receive a $50,000 fine and six months in jail.

Plaintiffs including Salon.com and Nerve.com, which are represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), argued before U.S. District Judge Lowell Reed, that the term “community standards” is vague and unenforceable.

The ACLU said ultimately it is up to parents, not the government, to police the content that enters homes, using, for example, filtering software.

Eric Bean, an attorney for the federal government, said filters don’t fully protect kids.

“The evidence will show,” he said, “that a shocking amount of pornography slips through.”

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