Internet Library Filters Are Upheld by U.S. Court

WASHINGTON, D.C., JUNE 23, 2003 ( The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a law requiring public libraries to filter out Internet pornography, ruling it does not violate free-speech rights, Reuters reported.

The justices voted 6-3 to reverse a ruling by a federal court panel in Philadelphia that the filtering requirement caused libraries to violate the First Amendment constitutional rights of their patrons.

The Children’s Internet Protection Act of 2000 required libraries that receive federal technology subsidies to use content filters to screen out obscenity, child pornography, and sexually explicit material deemed harmful to minors, Reuters said today.