Web labeling. Censorship or sensible protection?

The proposed restrictions are no different from requiring multipurpose stores like 7-Eleven to shield pornographic magazines with so-called blinder racks, Larry Rothenberg, an attorney in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Policy, said at a panel discussion here hosted by the Internet Caucus Advisory Committee on Friday.

“We have what we consider to be a rather modest (proposal) to protect consumers,” Rothenberg said. “This is not censorship. It’s not a major break with First Amendment principles.”

His critics, however, remained unconvinced. “There’s no way to avoid vagueness, no way to avoid overbreadth, and, more important, no way to avoid chilling free speech,” said Leslie Harris, executive director of the Center for Democracy and Technology.

Read Justice Dept. defends mandatory Web-labeling bill from C|Net

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