May 31, 2002
On May 31, In another blow to content regulations on the Internet, a federal district court panel has held the library filtering requirements of the Children's Internet Protection Act, or "CIPA," unconstitutional. In a unanimous decision, the court held CIPA's mandate that libraries filter Internet access as a condition of receiving certain federal funds was "facially invalid under the First Amendment," and ordered the government not to enforce the provisions. CDT opposed passage of CIPA, arguing the law imposed a one-size-fits-all filtering approach blocking access to Constitutionally-protected content. The case, America Library Association v. U.S., will almost certainly now be appealed directly to the Supreme Court.