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High Court Mulls Free Speech Implications of Porn Law

The Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a case evaluating whether a law that bans the promotion of online child pornography infringes too broadly on free speech rights and could limit some legitimate forms of creative expression.

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  • GWEN IFILL:

    Now to that child pornography case today at the Supreme Court. As always, NewsHour regular Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal was at the court, and she joins us now.

    Welcome back, Marcia.

  • MARCIA COYLE, National Law Journal:

    Thanks, Gwen.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    So was this about — this wasn't about possessing child pornography. This was about pandering. Explain what that is.

  • MARCIA COYLE:

    Sure. There is a federal law that's commonly known as the Protect Act which is designed to get after child pornography, particularly the market for child pornography on the Internet, which has grown tremendously in recent years. A provision of the law prohibits anyone from offering, promoting, presenting, distributing or soliciting any material that reflects the belief or causes someone else to believe that the material is child pornography, even if it isn't.

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