Judge blocks NJ state law on online sex ads

Aug 09, 2013

A federal judge has dealt a setback to a New Jersey law that would hold Internet providers liable for content sent over their services.

The law was intended to combat the sexual trafficking of minors. It was challenged earlier this year by Backpage.com, a website.

In June, the judge issued a temporary restraining order. On Friday, he issued a preventing the law from being enforced.

The judge acknowledges that the state has a compelling interest in stopping . But he says the state law conflicts with federal law that gives Internet providers a measure of immunity for content provided by third parties.

The law's sponsor, state Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri-Huttle, says she hopes the decision will be overturned on appeal.

Explore further: Music site SoundCloud to start paying artists

1 /5 (1 vote)
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Judge grants injunction in Hobby Lobby case

Jul 19, 2013

(AP)—A federal judge is temporarily exempting Hobby Lobby Inc. from a provision in the new federal health care law that requires it to offer insurance coverage for the morning-after pill and similar birth control or face ...

US judge delays state's abortion law

Jul 22, 2013

(AP)—A federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked a new North Dakota law that bans abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected—as early as six weeks into pregnancy, calling the law "clearly invalid and unconstitutional."

Recommended for you

Fitbit to Schumer: We don't sell personal data

4 hours ago

The maker of a popular line of wearable fitness-tracking devices says it has never sold personal data to advertisers, contrary to concerns raised by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer.

Should you be worried about paid editors on Wikipedia?

8 hours ago

Whether you trust it or ignore it, Wikipedia is one of the most popular websites in the world and accessed by millions of people every day. So would you trust it any more (or even less) if you knew people ...

How much do we really know about privacy on Facebook?

9 hours ago

The recent furore about the Facebook Messenger app has unearthed an interesting question: how far are we willing to allow our privacy to be pushed for our social connections? In the case of the Facebook ...

Philippines makes arrests in online extortion ring

9 hours ago

Philippine police have arrested eight suspected members of an online syndicate accused of blackmailing more than 1,000 Hong Kong and Singapore residents after luring them into exposing themselves in front of webcam, an official ...

Google to help boost Greece's tourism industry

22 hours ago

Internet giant Google will offer management courses to 3,000 tourism businesses on the island of Crete as part of an initiative to promote the sector in Greece, industry union Sete said on Thursday.

Music site SoundCloud to start paying artists

Aug 21, 2014

SoundCloud said Thursday that it will start paying artists and record companies whose music is played on the popular streaming site, a move that will bring it in line with competitors such as YouTube and Spotify.

User comments : 0