U.S. v. American Library Association. (2003) Edit
This case was held between the U.S congress and American Library Association . The United States congress passed the CIPA (Children’s Internet Protection Act) that let the libraries to install web-filtering software on their computer for protecting children. The American Library Association and others challenged the CIPA law, claiming that it improperly required them to restrict the first amendment rights of their patrons. The Supreme court unanimously said that CIPA violated the First Amendment. The Supreme court overuled the dirstict court, appealing that CIPA is Unconstitutional. The Jury ageed that it was Constitutional beacuse admins at the librariy could unblock certain sites if the user had a valid reason for it to be disabled. This casee directly applies to Internet Law , as the internets growth has exploded the Supreme Court keeps refining the legal terms and restrictions on the internt. This includes privacy, web acsess and restrictions, tax, and many other topics. As technology progressess the internet will become more and more intergraded in our lives. Soon we will see more cases like this one in regardes to cenorshipof such a public domain.
Arguments for the United States.Edit
1. The 1st Amendment doesn't prevent public libraries from voluntarily installing filters on their computers.
2. Adults who require access to blocked sites can ask for the filter to be disabled.
3. Libraries can provide unfiltered Internet access with their own money.
Arguments for American Library Association.Edit
1.Congress would violate freedom of speech if it commanded libraries not to carry certain books. The installation of filters interferes with citizen's access to information in the same way.
2.The Act interferes with libraries' decisions regarding what materials they choose to provide.
3.By forcing users to ask permission to view certain Internet sites, the Act burdens citizens' access to information.
4. There is no way for a computor to know the users age, this usualy makes web filtering softwear to be set for youger ages.
5.Using web-filtering software hurts more than it helps. These programs sweep too broadly, blocking only some objectifying websites while limiting access to websites with resourceful material.
Libraries and a Bill of Rights
Just as we as humans have rights. Business in our society have them to and yes that means [do]. I found think link discussing the matter. It's all how the old saying goes" You have the right to beheard and the right to have a voice."