United States v. American Library Ass'n

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In United States v. American Library Ass'n, 539 U.S. 194 (2003), a plurality opinion for the U.S. Supreme Court held that Congress could place anti-pornography restrictions on acceptance of its funding for internet assistance programs:[1]

"Especially because public libraries have traditionally excluded pornographic material from their other collections, Congress could reasonably impose a parallel limitation on its Internet assistance programs. As the use of filtering software helps to carry out these programs, it is a permissible condition under Rust."


  1. 539 U.S. at 212