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Supreme Court to Hear CIPA Case in March

Oral arguments on the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) case are scheduled for March 5. Solicitor General Ted Olson’s 55 page brief (PDF) in U.S. v. American Library Association (ALA) is now available here. Olsen argues that the lower court decision (210 F. Supp 2d 401) overturning the requirement that federally funded libraries must filter Internet access to patrons should be reversed due to errors. In part, he states that filters do not constitute a restraint on private speech as web sites are freely available through myriad global access points beyond those provided by public libraries. Documents cited in the brief include The Children’s Internet Protection Act and the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (as it pertains to e-rates and library funding).

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