American Library Association v. United States, 2002 WL 1126046 (E.D. Pa. May 31, 2002)

Friday, January 10, 2003
Amicus Briefs

On May 31, 2002, a Pennsylvania federal district court ruled the Internet filtering provisions of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) violate library users’ First Amendment free speech rights. CIPA requires libraries to block access to pornographic material. To comply libraries would have to install filtering software that restricts patrons’ access not only to pornographic materials but also to a substantial amount of protected speech. As a result, the court concluded that the filtering provisions are unconstitutional. American Library Association v. United States, 2002 WL 1126046 (E.D. Pa. May 31, 2002) link to detailed case summary:http://www.nsba.org/cosa/lawlibrary/whatsnew/ALA.htm By Julie Underwood

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