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SafeSurf Press Release|
Washington D.C. – SafeSurf, the premier online rating organization, applauded the Supreme Court for its recent ruling in the Internet pornography case, Ashcroft v. ACLU, because the High Court concluded that Internet filtering solutions, such as those originally proposed by SafeSurf over nine years ago, are a better way to proceed than the government restrictions imposed under the Child Online Protection Act (COPA).
Since 1995, SafeSurf has lead the way in advocating the use of self-rating and filtering software as the way to prevent Internet pornography from reaching children. This Internet family organization eloquently articulated the rights of the Online World in The Declaration of an Independent Internet, published on July 4, 1995. SafeSurf has worked with a myriad of companies and organizations such as Microsoft, Netscape, IBM, Net Nanny, Cyberpatrol, the World Wide Web Consortium, and the PICS Consortium to develop and implement a system that protects children though a system of cooperative Web publishing, where Web sites self-rate their content and individual families use filtering software.
Justice Kennedy, in his majority opinion for the Supreme Court, made the follow statements concerning Internet filtering alternatives versus the Child Online Protection Act:
Ruling that the filtering & labeling alternatives are both, more effective and less restrictive, than the regulations imposed under COPA, the Supreme Court sent the case back to the lower courts in Philadelphia for further review.
"This decision has revealed that the High Court has seen the wisdom in protecting the Internet from govermental censorship and in enabling parental discretion through an intelligent filtering and labeling system," asserted SafeSurf Chairman Ray Soular.