A federal judge on Sept. 10 threw out a Pennsylvania law requiring internet service providers (ISPs) to block web sites containing child pornography, saying the tools to do so also cause "massive suppression" of constitutionally protected speech.

Enacted in 2002, the law gave Pennsylvania's attorney general the power to order companies like America Online to block customers from viewing web sites that the state had identified as containing illegal content.

No one challenged the state's right to stop the distribution of child porn, which is already illegal under federal law,...

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