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FTRF Celebrates 20 Years of Free Online Speech

Monday, June 26, 2017  
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On this day 20 years ago, the United States Supreme Court issued a landmark opinion striking down the Communications Decency Act (“CDA”). This statute constituted the first attempt by Congress to regulate the content of material on the Internet.

The CDA made it a crime to place content on the Internet that was “indecent” or “patently offensive” if that content would be accessed by minors under the age of 18. The Freedom to Read Foundation joined 27 other organizations — including the American Library Association, American Booksellers Association, Association of American Publishers, Apple and Microsoft — in a lawsuit challenging the statute on the ground that it violated the First Amendment. The lawsuit was filed in the federal district court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania with Bruce J. Ennis, then General Counsel of FTRF, as lead counsel. At the same time, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of 27 organizations also challenging the statute. The two cases were consolidated for trial.

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