CDT and diverse group file amicus brief opposing Internet censorship
September 1, 1999
Publishers, Internet companies, civil liberties organizations and trade associations joined CDT. The brief, filed in the federal Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, opposing the Children's Online Protection Act (COPA), which would impose criminal and civil penalties on Web publishers who fail to prevent minors from viewing material that is "harmful" to them. Although the government claimed that COPA would apply only to "commercial pornographers," that phrase does not appear in the law, and CDT and the other signatories to the amicus brief argued that the Act would inhibit the publication of a great deal of non-pornographic speech, and therefore is unconstitutional. The chamber of commerce of the US & the Internet Education Foundation also filed an amicus brief in support of the US Didtrict Court finding that COPA was unconstitutional.