Ten years of futility: COPA finally, truly dead
The Child Online Protection Act, now a decade old, appears to be permanently, completely, and otherwise absolutely dead now that the Supreme Court has rejected Bush Administration pleas to consider reviving the law one more time. According to the Associated Press, the rejection was made without comment by the justices...
In 2007, a federal court issued a permanent injunction against enforcing the law, saying that it violated the First and Fifth Amendments to the Constitution. That ruling came after a four-week trial featuring an array of plaintiffs that included the American Civil Liberties Union, Salon.com, Condomania (described in the opinion as the "nation's first condom store"), the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and other organizations and individuals. The government continued to appeal.