Passed in 1998, the Child Online Protection Act required providers of ‘adult’ content on the Internet to require proof of age before allowing access to any user. It was struck down today by a federal judge in Philadelphia.
Putting the burden of proof of age on the shoulders of the websites is a ridiculous insult to free speech. Overturning the law means that the burden falls back onto the shoulders of the parents (I know, shocking concept right?).
Any attempt to censor free speech is a violation of the Constitution, regardless of whether or not it is shrouded in the guise of protecting our children.