Ryan Singel at Wired News has a great article on the battle (has it really been ten years? My, how time flies) ten years ago over the Communications Decency Act. The article is entitled “They Saved the Internet’s Soul.” I highly recommend it, it’s only two pages long.
This case went all the way to the Supreme Court while I was in law school, and wow, it was an exciting time to be interested in technology and the law. Reading through the Court’s opinion, it was clear that the Court actually understood the technology and its implications and was very careful in this case of first impression to get it right. Even ten years later, the decision is a good primer on how the Internet works.