Booksellers Challenge Ohio Internet Law

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- A group representing booksellers and others is arguing before the Ohio Supreme Court that a law meant to protect children from online pornography and predators is outlawing some forms of adult free speech on web sites, listservs and chat rooms.

The American Booksellers Foundation for free expression says an attempt to clarify how the law's wording applied to electronic distribution ended up violating some first amendment rights.

Attorney General Richard Cordray's office will defend the statute in oral arguments set for Tuesday.

The state says the law limits information sent on "personally directed devices."

It argues that means it doesn't affect material posted to web sites or sent using some other popular online platforms.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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