March 22, 2007
A federal judge struck down a 1998 law that criminalized commercial websites that did not block kids from porn.
The law, designed to keep online pornography away from children, was blocked after the judge ruled that software filters work much better.
Senior U.S. Judge Lowell Reed Jr. said that the Child Online Protection Act didn't address threats that have emerged since the law was written like online predators on social websites like MySpace.
The law had never been enforced. It was Congress' second attempt at instituting legislation to protect children from online porn.