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Supreme Court OKs use of internet filters in libraries

HeadlineJun 24, 2003

In other Supreme Court news, the high court voted 6 to 3 yesterday to uphold a federal law that requires libraries use filtering software to prevent minors from accessing pornography. Libraries risk losing their federal funding if they refuse to install the filters.

The filtering law was opposed by the American Library Association and other groups because the filtering technology is so imprecise that it could block modern art sites and in at least one case the webpage of an elected official in Massachusetts.

In a dissenting opinion Justice David Souter, compared it to “buying an encyclopedia and then cutting out pages with anything thought to be unsuitable for all adults.”

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