Fwd: Supreme Ct to Review Internet Filter Law

Bergman, Barbara J. (barbara.bergman@mnsu.edu)
Wed, 13 Nov 2002 13:36:56 -0800 (PST)


NewsScan Daily: November 13, 2002

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to consider the constitutionality of
the Children's Internet Protection Act, which requires that libraries
receiving federal funding for Internet access must install software
filters to prevent children from being exposed to pornography and
excessive violence. A coalition of libraries, library users and Web
sites successfully challenged the law at the appellate level, where the
court ruled that filters were "blunt instruments" that would suppress
not only pornography and violence but constitutionally protected speech
presented on legitimate sites. It is now being argued that the lower
court was wrong when it viewed the case as a first amendment case, and
should instead have treated it as one involving the government's broad
discretion to decide whether material is sufficiently worthwhile for the
government to required to support it with public funds. The government
argues that to assert otherwise is to argue that public libraries engage
in prior restraints when they fail to provide pornographic magazines or
XXX videos to their patrons." (New York Times 13 Nov 2002) For full
article: http://partners.nytimes.com/2002/11/13/politics/13SCOT.html

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