Deleting Online Predators Act

Congress is back at it again. Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick has introduced the Deleting Online Predators Act, known as DOPA.
bq.MySpace and other social-networking sites like LiveJournal.com and Facebook are the potential targets for a proposed federal law that would effectively require most schools and libraries to render those Web sites inaccessible to minors, an age group that includes some of the category’s most ardent users. – “Declan McCullagh(Congress targets social network sites)”:http://news.com.com/2100-1028_3-6071040.html?tag=nl.e777 I think DOPEY might be a better name for it. I understand their concerns but blocking all websites that let users create public “Web pages or profiles” seemed strangely Deja Vu to me. And then I realized: that is the sort of thing that “China does(Democracy, Freedom and Human Rights)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2005/06/16/democracy.
bq.The term ‘commercial social networking website’ means a commercially operated Internet website that – (i) allows users to create web pages or profiles that provide information about themselves and are available to other users; and (ii) offers a mechanism for communication with other users, such as a forum, chat room, email, or instant messenger. – “Deleting Online Predators Act of 2006(Deleting Online Predators Act of 2006)”:http://www.politechbot.com/docs/fitzpatrick.social.networking.051006.pdf This bill is obviously aimed at MySpace but it would block access to just about every site on the Internet. I don’t think is constitutional but I expect there will be a long court battle before it is decided if this passes.