Vice Squad
Thursday, April 22, 2004
Online Gambling Ads

Overlawyered brings to our attention this Jacob Sullum column at Reason Online on the Justice Department's campaign against those who host advertisements for online gambling. Two weeks ago, Vice Squad noted that Google and Yahoo were discontinuing web gambling ads. Sullum suggests that it is likely that Google and Yahoo made this decision under the perceived threat of legal action; further, "These companies have surrendered their First Amendment rights without a fight, allowing the government to silence speech it doesn't like by floating a legal theory that almost certainly would fail if it were tested in court. Their capitulation illustrates the chilling effect of vague laws in the hands of ambitious prosecutors."

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