In Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union, the United States Supreme Court considered the constitutionality of two provisions of the Communications Decency Act ("CDA") of 1996. At issue was the validity of the "indecent" transmission and "patently offensive" display provisions of the CDA that attempted to regulate Internet content with the objective of protecting minors from harmful material. The Court struck down both provisions as violative of the First Amendment right to free speech.
Barrage, Rafic H.
"Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union: First Amendment Free Speech Guarantee Extended to the Internet,"
Mercer Law Review: Vol. 49
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