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Nov. 27, 2000

Commission on Online Child Protection, http://www.copacommission.org

Established by the Child Online Protection Act (COPA), part of the Omnibus Consolidated and Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act of 1999 (Public Law 105-277, 112 Stat. 2681), the temporary Commission on Online Child Protection was conducted a study "regarding methods to help reduce access by minors to material that is harmful to minors on the Internet." The final report of their work was released on Oct. 20, 2000, http://www.copacommission.org/report/.

A series of research papers are also found at the COPA Commission's website, http://www.copacommission.org/papers/, including submissions on internet filtering software, access to pornographic material at public libraries, and the impact of internet filtering on the gay and lesbian community.

Other sources of information on COPA litigation include:

  • Electronic Privacy Information Center, http://www.epic.org/free_speech/copa/. Includes text of the 3d Circuit Court of Appeals decision upholding a District Court's injunction against COPA and related briefs, temporary restraining orders, and memoranda of law.
  • Carol M. Morrissey, "The Child Online Protection Act: Decency and the Internet Revisited," http://www.llrx.com/congress/011599.htm. Discusses the issue and links to related sources.
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation, COPA Legal Challenge Page, http://www.eff.org/pub/Legal/Cases/ACLU_v_Reno_II/. Includes an extensive list of documents, including court orders, memoranda, amicus briefs, motions, and reports of expert witnesses.
 
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