Magazine article American Libraries

Utah Bookstores, ISPs Challenge Antiporn Law

Magazine article American Libraries

Utah Bookstores, ISPs Challenge Antiporn Law

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A group of 14 Utah bookstores, internet service providers, and free-speech groups filed a challenge June 9 in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City to the state's new antiporn statute. The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah, the Freedom to Read Foundation, and the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression are among the plaintiffs.

Signed into law March 21, the statute establishes an Adult Content Registry, to be compiled and maintained by the Utah Attorney General's Office, of thousands of legal websites deemed harmful to minors. Internet users can request a service provider to either block these sites or offer filtering software; ISPs that do not comply face criminal misdemeanor charges as well as a fine of up to $10,000 for every day the material is not blocked.

Rep. John Dougall (R-Highland), who sponsored the bill, said in the June 10 Provo Daily Herald that he was not surprised the ACLU filed the lawsuit. …

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