COPA notes Gio Wiederhold Computer Science Dept. and Medicine, Stanford University Technology demo 3 August 2000, updated 6 August 2000 The purpose of the Child Online Protection Act is to prohibit online sites from knowingly making available to minors material that is "harmful to minors" (sexually explicit material meeting definitions set forth in the Act). Commercial providers of "harmful to minors" material may defend themselves against prosecution by restricting the access of minors to such material.

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