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Monthly Archive: February 2009

February 19, 2009

Underage “Sexting” Now Punishable as a Sex Crime in a Growing Number of Jurisdictions

As cellular telephone technology advances at an extremely rapid pace, more and more teenagers are possessing phones with the capabilities to snap still photos or record short videos. Coupled with the fact that as a society, children are becoming acquainted with sex at younger ages, this technology has led to the practice of sexting; sending nude photos or other sexually explicit photos and/or videos to a recipient via cell phone. The practice of sexting has led to...

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Posted in: Child Pornography, Internet Crime

February 5, 2009

Supreme Court of the United States Elects Not to Hear Arguments on the Constitutionality of the Child Online Protection Act

The Child Online Protection Act (“COPA”) was passed in 1998 in an attempt to regulate inappropriate web-based content which was too easily accessible by children. COPA was never allowed to take effect, however, as an injunction on the Act was immediately issued after its passage. The constitutionality of the Act was challenged in ACLU v. MuKasey, in which a United States District Court held COPA to be unconstitutional as a violation of the First Amendment. The ruling was appealed but upheld last summer by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. As expected, the Circuit...

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