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Keeping 'Net Capital' Free by Declan McCullagh (

11:15 a.m. 6.Oct.99.PDT The state proclaiming itself America's Internet capital is getting sued in federal court for censoring the Net.

Virginia, which last month announced the availability of license plates describing it as the "Internet C@pital," also approved a law that makes it a crime to publish erotic commercial Web sites or send sexually explicit email.

That was enough to get the attention of Virginia's Internet industry, which joined civil liberties groups and science fiction authors in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday in Alexandria.


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