US - Senate OKs Revised 'Virtual' Child-Porn Ban +/-
(Reuters) The U.S. Senate approved a bill that would strengthen existing child-pornography laws, aiming to help authorities track down pedophiles on the Internet while avoiding free-speech concerns that derailed a similar law last year. The Senate voted 84 to 0 to require those charged in child-pornography cases to prove that their material did not depict actual children, making it easier for prosecutors to use computer images as evidence in trials. The bill, known as the PROTECT Act, also outlaws the sale or trade of child pornography, bans the use of child pornography to entice a minor for sex, and allows victims of child pornography to sue for damages. Depictions of child sexual intercourse, or adults passing themselves off as children while having sex, would be classified as obscenity and thus stripped of many free-speech protections.