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                  U.S. law seen usurping adult control
                  over Internet

                  January 26, 1999 
                  Web posted at: 8:14 PM EST (0114 GMT) 

                  PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) -- The U.S. government could
                  usurp parental control over what children see on the
                  Internet if a new law designed to restrain online
                  pornography goes into effect, companies opposed to
                  the law told a federal court Tuesday. 

                  In closing arguments before U.S. District Judge
                  Lowell Reed, an attorney for 17 Internet companies
                  assailed the Child Online Protection Act (COPA) as a
                  measure that violates the constitutional right to
                  free speech while imposing unreasonable costs on
                  businesses that populate the World Wide Web. 

                  American Civil Liberties Union attorney Ann Beeson
                  said the public would be better served if families
                  opted for commercially available filtering software
                  capable of stopping Web browsers on home personal
                  computers from visiting pornographic Web sites. 

                  "It should be up to parents, and not the government,
                  to decide what children should see," she told Reed
                  at the end of five days of hearings. 

                  Beeson said filtering software would not only return
                  authority over home PCs to parents but go farther
                  than COPA by blocking non-commercial and
                  foreign-based Web sites. 


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