The new Prohibition
Steve Bosch/Postmedia News
The federal government announced new measures to combat organized crime like prostitution, illegal gambling and drug trafficking on Aug. 4, 2010.
Terence Corcoran, National Post · Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010
The Harper government, fresh from botching its alleged pander to the libertarian wing of the Conservative party with its voluntary census plan, appears to be having no problem steamrolling over the libertarian wing’s sensitivities on crime. In back-to-back performances this week, two Cabinet ministers invoked harsh tough-on-crime motives that show the Tories’ concern about individual rights to be a fleeting interest compared with their enthusiasm for escalating the bonkers American war on drugs, gambling and sex. Continue reading
October 21st, 2009
Legal Analysis by Matt Zimmerman
Yesterday, a federal court tossed a lawsuit against craigslist over erotic advertisements. In March, Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart alleged that craigslist was liable for the illegal ads posted by its users in its “erotic services” (now “adult services”) category. As craigslist argued in their motion for judgment on the pleadings, and as EFF and others pointed out at the time, Dart’s complaint had virtually no chance of success because Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act plainly immunized Internet intermediaries like craigslist from civil liability for material posted by third parties. Continue reading
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009
The $13 billion adult entertainment industry, photographers, artists and others plan to sue the U.S. government today challenging what they argue are unconstitutional and overly broad revisions to federal record-keeping law that were implemented just before the Bush administration left office.
The final age-verification rules stem from changes Congress made to federal child safety law in 2006 and took effect this year.
Under the law, which is intended to fight child pornography, creators of images and videos — both in print and on the Internet — are required to keep detailed records of content showing individuals engaged in sexual conduct and simulated sex acts. The obligation applies to “every single sexual image produced by anyone, no matter how innocuous,” said Michael Murray, an attorney for the Free Speech Coalition, which will file the case in a Philadelphia district court. Continue reading