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What’s the First Amendment issue with legislation against cyberstalking?
Why should ‘virtual’ child pornography be thought of any differently than child pornography?
What about using images from other Web sites on my own site?
Has Congress stepped in to change the laws regarding copyright and the Internet?
What are 'gripe sites' or 'cybergripers'?
Why is the concept of 'local community standards' difficult to apply to the Internet?
Do 'gripe sites' violate federal trademark laws?
What is the Federal Trademark Dilution Act of 1996?
I got kicked off AOL for cursing in several messages. Doesn’t that violate my free speech?
What is the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act of 1999 and does it prohibit gripe sites?
Are there laws prohibiting spam?
Does using filters to block parts of the Internet violate the First Amendment?
Internet filters give librarians control in order to protect children from harmful material. What’s the objection?
Could the president sue me if I posted a message critical of him?
Can’t patrons ask librarians to override filters when mistakes are made?
Aren't ISPs required to conceal their clients' identities?
Who is affected by the U.S. v. ALA ruling?
How much influence do private companies have over access?
Some states have laws against SLAPPs. Do they apply to online libel lawsuits?
Would filtering the Internet at public colleges and universities violate the First Amendment?
After U.S. v. ALA, are there any other legal options?
What is a blog?
Does blogging raise First Amendment issues?
Can public employees be disciplined for the content of their blogs?
What would be wrong with banning all child pornography, virtual or real?
Has Congress ever tried to prohibit hate speech on the Internet?

Yes. Congress passed the Child Internet Protection Act, a law primarily aimed at prohibiting the transmission of child pornography over the Internet. One of the provisions of CIPA required public libraries, as a condition of their receiving federal subsidies, to have Internet filters on their computer terminals so that library patrons would be unable to access offensive Web sites. These Internet filters block, among other things, access to sites that espouse or display hate speech. In American Library Ass’n, Inc. v. U.S., 201 F. Supp. 2d 401 (E.D. Pa. 2002), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania found that provision of CIPA unconstitutional. (See Filtering article in this section.)

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