Coalition Files Suit Against CDA

On February 26, 1996, the Citizens Internet Empowerment Coalition, led by the ACLU, filed suit against the Communications Decency Act. A previous lawsuit filed February 8 also by an ACLU coalition resulted in a temporary block of the act. The later lawsuit sought to overturn the act and set the precedent of treating the Internet more like print than broadcast media.

The coalition included, among many others, America OnLine, the American Booksellers Association, the American Library Association, the American Society of Newspaper Editors, Apple Computers, Families Against Internet Censorship, Microsoft, the Newspaper Association of America, the Society for Professional Journalists, and Wired magazine.

The full text of the coalition's complaint is available at the Center for Democracy and Technology.

Source: February 25, 1996, Associated Press article, "Broad coalition is to file suit, claiming the Internet is a newspaper, not television."