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calendar   Thursday - July 27, 2006

Child Protection Act Passed

Congress passed the Child Protection Act this week (finally!). Here is the statement from Attorney General Alberto Gonzales:

“America’s children will be better protected from every parent’s worst nightmare—sexual predators—thanks to passage of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006. I applaud both the House and Senate—and in particular the leadership of Chairman Specter in the Senate and Chairman Sensenbrenner in the House—for passing this comprehensive bill, which includes provisions proposed by the Department of Justice. The protection of our Nation’s children has been, and will continue to be, one of the Department’s highest priorities, and we believe this bill will help us do our job even better.”

The really interesting thing about this act is the last item in the act. I wasn’t even aware this practice was going on. Porn sites had better take note:

(a) Whoever knowingly uses a misleading domain name on the Internet with the intent to deceive a person into viewing material constituting obscenity shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 2 years, or both.

(b) Whoever knowingly uses a misleading domain name on the Internet with the intent to deceive a minor into viewing material that is harmful to minors on the Internet shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 4 years, or both.

(c) For the purposes of this section, a domain name that includes a word or words to indicate the sexual content of the site, such as “sex” or “porn”, is not misleading.

(d) For the purposes of this section, the term “material that is harmful to minors” means any communication, consisting of nudity, sex, or excretion, that, taken as a whole and with reference to its context-

(1) predominantly appeals to a prurient interest of minors;

(2) is patently offensive to prevailing standards in the adult community as a whole with respect to what is suitable material for minors; and

(3) lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value for minors.

(e) For the purposes of subsection (d), the term “sex” means acts of masturbation, sexual intercourse, or physcial [1] contact with a person’s genitals, or the condition of human male or female genitals when in a state of sexual stimulation or arousal.

So the pedophiles and porn merchants have been playing fast and loose with search engines to lure kids to their crap? I hope the feds actually enforce this part of the law. You all know how I feel about pedophiles. Filthy scum. I’ll be keeping an eye on this.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/27/2006 at 04:21 PM   
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