Utah judge pushes settlement for Internet law
Updated: 4/13/2012 8:18 am | Published: 4/12/2012 1:52 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A federal judge is giving Utah and free-speech advocates 30 days to work out a settlement over a state law that aims to protect children from harmful online material.
U.S. District Judge Dee Benson suggests during arguments Thursday that Utah could merely assure a string of media groups and others they won't be prosecuted under the law.
State lawyers say they're willing to make a deal. Attorneys for the ACLU of Utah, media groups, booksellers and artists that maintain websites are less certain they want to make a deal - and still nervous they could face prosecution.
The law makes it a felony for any Utah-based Internet provider not to tag words and images that might be considered harmful to minors. Plaintiffs have said it goes too far and is unconstitutional.
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