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With COPA, lawmakers aimed to craft a narrower legislation targeting "commercial speech"
that would go constitutional muster. Within the second major showdown between Congress
and civil rights activists over free speech on the web,
an appeals court in Philadelphia will hear arguments tomorrow in a
problem to a federal law aimed toward reining in on-line pornography.

Listening to the case tomorrow is a 3-judge panel from the Third
Circuit U.S. The government is anticipated to argue tomorrow that the identical requirements confronted by
adult bookstores and strip clubs in the offline world ought to apply to for-profit adult entertainment Web pages.
COPA makes it against the law for commercial Web pages to
give minors entry to "dangerous materials," defined as any sexually specific communication that lacks "serious literary, creative, political, or scientific value." Violators
face up to $50,000 in fines and six months in prison. COPA is
the second major effort by Congress to regulate on-line
pornography.