New Mexico Internet Law Overturned

A New Mexico law that made it illegal to use the Internet to send sexually explicit material to juveniles was overturned last week.

A federal appeals court in Denver said the law was too broad, backing an earlier ruling that declared the 1998 law unconstitutional. The lower court said the law essentially banned speech for adults as well as minors.

The Recording Industry Association of America Inc., the Publishers Marketing Association and other groups challenged the law, which prohibited sending depictions of "actual or simulated nudity, sexual intercourse or any other sexual conduct" by computer to anyone under 18 years old.

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