Starting next month, internet service providers (ISPs) with customers in Pennsylvania will be legally responsible for blocking access to child pornography.

The law, with maximum penalties including prison time for repeat offenders, is believed to be the first of its kind. But by putting the onus on the state attorney general's office to notify ISPs of what should be blocked, the law is expected to have limited success.

"This is a community that already knows it is on the edges of legality and, as a result, [purveyors of


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