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Two Celebrities Lose Fight to Keep Nude Photos Off World Wide Web

Los Angeles Times

Former Baywatch actress Pamela Anderson Lee and talk-radio therapist Laura Schlessinger, a staunch advocate of conservative sexual mores, both lost court battles Monday to keep nude pictures of them out of circulation.

In separate cases in federal court, lawyers for the two women tried to block a Seattle-based Internet company from disseminating 12 nude photos of Schlessinger taken two decades ago and a sexually explicit honeymoon video of Anderson Lee and her now estranged husband, rock star Tommy Lee.

Both personalities had filed motions against Internet Entertainment Group, which bills itself as the No. 1 purveyor of sexually oriented material on the Web.

Neither Schlessinger nor Anderson Lee attended the proceedings.

In Schlessinger's case, U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson lifted a restraining order he had issued Oct. 23 after Internet Entertainment posted photos of a bare-breasted and sometimes fully nude Dr. Laura on its Club Love sex site.

He agreed with company lawyers that any further court injunction would be pointless, because at least five other Web sites had copied the photos without permission and posted them on their own sites.

In addition, the company's lawyers said in a legal brief, the photos had been replicated anonymously at countless newsgroup sites, making them accessible to millions of Internet users around the globe.

Global Warming Proposal Spurs Debate at Conference

Los Angeles Times

An international conference on climate change opened here Monday with a debate over a proposal by the host nation, Argentina, challenging fellow developing nations to adopt voluntary limits on emissions of the gases that cause global warming.

As a close U.S. ally and the first developing nation to host such a conference, Argentina wasted no time in framing one of the most divisive issues among about 170 countries gathered here for a massive task: building a framework for implementation of the climate change accord adopted in Kyoto, Japan, last year. The Clinton administration wants developing nations to show meaningful progress on reducing emissions of greenhouse gases before the United States ratifies the agreement. The administration is under pressure from Republican legislators who say the burden on industrialized nations is too heavy.

China, India and many other developing nations assert that industrialized nations are the biggest and wealthiest polluters and should meet the emissions reduction targets established in the Kyoto Protocol before making demands of poorer nations.

There were fears that mere mention of the issue here would cause a contentious uproar, as occurred last year in Kyoto. Instead, the Argentine proposal provoked a frank but civilized discussion that lasted for several hours.