Category: Legislation

Colorado House Bill 1143

Summary H.B. 1143 would repeal Colorado’s harmful to minors law, which was held unconstitutional by the Colorado Supreme Court in a 1985 decision in Tattered Cover v. Tooley, a case brought by Media Coalition. Information For more information on HTPA … Continue reading

Utah Senate Bill 185

S.B.185 would provide a cause of action to sue for a person to sue anyone who produces or distributes material harmful to minors if, at the time the material was produced the person was a minor; and the material was the proximate cause for the person being harmed physically or psychologically, or by emotional or medical illnesses.

New York Assembly Bill 8155 and Senate Bill 5857

New York A.B. 8155 and S.B. 5857 would expand New York’s right of publicity law to include a person’s persona.

Louisiana House Bill 415

Summary   Louisiana HB 415 would create a right of publicity for the life of a person plus 50 years. The right applies to a person’s “identity,” which is defined as their name, voice, signature, photograph, image, likeness, or any … Continue reading

Human Trafficking Prevention Act (HTPA) Legislation

HTPA legislation is a campaign to block access to certain categories of online content by forcing manufacturers, distributors and retailers to install and activate filtering software on any device that allows access to the internet. The bills are difficult to … Continue reading

Wyoming House Bill 245

House Bill 245 would deem anyone who manufactures, sells or distributes an internet enabled device in this state that does not contain blocking software to violate the existing law for distributing obscenity, which is subject to up to one year in prison.

West Virginia Senate Bill 447

The bill bars any retailer from selling any devices that allow access to the internet without active and operating digital blocking capability” that blocks obscene material. [West Virginia does not have a harmful to minors law.]

North Dakota House Bill 1185

The bill bars any business or individual that manufactures, produces or sells any device that provides internet access unless it makes inaccessible obscene material and to any “intimate image” as defined in the North Dakota harmful to minors law. However, the law does not define “intimate image.”

Indiana House Bill 1533

The bill bars the manufacture or distribution of devices that provide access to the internet without active software that blocks material harmful to minors or obscene as designated by the attorney general.

Georgia House Bill 509

The bill requires that certain products sold or leased by retailers contain a digital blocking capability that renders obscene material inaccessible.