Attorney General Wants MySpace Restrictions

Attorney General Roy Cooper says he'll push for legislation to require a child to get parental permission before using a social networking site like MySpace.

MySpace and other Internet commerce groups fought a bill backed by Cooper that also would have required the sites to enact procedures for verifying the parents' identity and age who provided that permission.

The bill passed the Senate but failed to get out of the House, where the parental consent provisions were removed. The General Assembly can consider the legislation when it reconvenes in May.

Cooper says he and other attorneys general want MySpace to meet the requirements voluntarily. Cooper told reporters this morning he's confident the stipulations ultimately will become law in North Carolina unless companies comply.