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CBLDF Challenges SC Internet Law

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) has joined five other artists' and First Amendment groups in challenging the State of South Carolina's "harmful to minors"  Internet statute. The law criminalizes any work communicated on the Internet that is accessible in South Carolina and contains a depiction of nudity or sexual conduct deemed "harmful to minors." The law may have a chilling effect on protected speech including legitimate artistic, scientific, and educational material disseminated online, because it effectively prohibits distribution to adults of material deemed unsuitable for children of any age. The CBLDF joins the Southeast Booksellers Association, Print Studio South, Inc., American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, Association of American Publishers, and Families Against Internet  Censorship in the complaint against Charlie Condon in his official capacity as Attorney General of South Carolina and other officials in their positions as South Carolina Circuit Solicitors. 

The plaintiffs are seeking to have the Act declared  unconstitutional and void, and to have the State of South Caroline permanently enjoined from enforcing the act, by reason of the First and Fourteenth  Amendments to, and the Commerce Clause of, the U.S. Constitution.

For more information on the complaint, go to the official CBLDF Web site.