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The V-Chip In the process of unbridling the burdened telecommunications industry Congress somehow forgot itself and managed to regulate a new blossoming business This industry was one that was a true and unadulterated free market It is the Internet This market place which resides everywhere yet nowhere in a place called cyberspace deals in one thing information Each day millions of people trade uncountable letters memos posts on newsgroups photographs and innumerable conventional and unconventional information This is done at the rate of millions of gigabytes each hour Nevertheless tucked away under Title V of the otherwise agreeable telecommunications deregulatory law is a measure called the Communications Decency Act It is also known as the State Censorship Edict Whatever its name it is simple disastrous The Communications Decency Act is cyberspaces first encounter with the red tape of government In the new law the President and members of congress seek to shield us from what they call obscene indecent and offensive material Though specifically aimed at protecting minors from pornography Title V is both ambiguous and broad The law will hold citizens liable if they use the Internet public or accessible to minors any comment request suggestion proposal image or other communication having anything to do with unfit material The Communications Decency Act will basically adversely affect millions of Internet users It will create legal double standards and it will result in the criminalization of the commonplace The Act will also set a dangerous precedence for state interference in cyberspace The communications Decency Act will affect far more than just the hard core pornography that legislators say they had in mind when they wrote the law Assuming the law is strictly enforced countless textual and photographic works in art literature and the sciences will become illegal Such items will include pictures of the Venus De Milo the text of JD Salingers work The Catcher in the Rye pictures of Michaelangos David most biological texts
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