Video Game Law Blog

May 30, 2006

Last May 9 House Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick introduced the Deleting Online Predators Act with the view of amending the Communications Act of 1934, targeting access by minors of commercial 'social-networking"? Web sites that allow users to create 'Web pages or profiles and also offer a discussion board, chat room, or email service"?. DOPA would require libraries, elementary and secondary schools to restrict minors' access to social-networking Web sites or chat rooms through which they may access sexual material or be subject to sexual advances. Access for educational purposes, under the supervision of an adult, would be allowed. Sites like and would likely be restricted. Some say that Microsoft's Xbox 360, which permits in-game chat, would also be indexed under DOPA.

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full DOPA text at