Washington State Supreme Court hears case on library Internet filtering
July 08, 2009 at 11:29 AM
The Supreme Court of the State of Washington is hearing a case that challenges a library Internet filtering policy that applies to adult patrons. It is the first legal challenge to library Internet filtering since CIPA (Children's Internet Protection Act) was unsuccessfully challenged in 2003. Among the issues being considered by the court is whether the Internet is a "collection" unto itself, with filters blocking constitutionally protected speech. Additionally, the court is also hearing whether the requirement, among adult patrons, to have to ask for filtering software to be disabled is sufficient or an unconstitutional chilling of protected speech.
Amicus brief filed in support of petitioners by the Electronic Frontier Foundation -- Washington Supreme Court
Supreme Court hears library lawsuit, will issue opinion later -- The Wenatchee World