February 11, 2003
CDT joins authors, book and magazine publishers, and sellers and distributors of books and other publications in filing a friend-of-the-court brief in the Supreme Court in the government's appeal of an injunction blocking the Children's Internet Protection Act ("CIPA"). CIPA would require nearly every public library in America to install and use Internet filtering software. The brief filed on February 10 argues that CIPA would severely diminish the capacity of library patrons to access constitutionally protected materials via the Internet. The brief notes that although filters are unconstitutional when mandated by government, they remain a valuable tool for voluntary use by individuals and families.