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Bush administration proposes mandatory Web rating, with criminal penalties
Gonzales calls for mandatory Web labeling law
April 20, 2006, 11:35 PM PDT
Web site operators posting sexually explicit information must place
official government warning labels on their pages or risk being
imprisoned for up to five years, the Bush administration proposed Thursday.
A mandatory rating system will "prevent people from inadvertently
stumbling across pornographic images on the Internet," Attorney General
Alberto Gonzales said at an event in Alexandria, Va.
The Bush administration's proposal would require commercial Web sites to
place "marks and notices" to be devised by the Federal Trade Commission
on each sexually explicit page. The definition of sexually explicit
broadly covers depictions of everything from sexual intercourse and
masturbation to "sadistic abuse" and close-ups of fully clothed genital
Posted by Declan McCullagh on Apr 21, 2006
in category free-speech
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