The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit challenging portions of a 1998 law—the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)—which makes it illegal to write and publish programs that decode the lists of web sites blocked by some types of internet filtering software.

The lawsuit has relevance for researchers, parents, and thousands of educators and librarians who want to know what the software actually is blocking, according to the plaintiffs.

The ALCU asked a federal court in Massachusetts July 25 to rule that a computer researcher has First Amendment and "fair use" rights


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