Library may use filters to block porn

By MICHELLE PERRY State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Paul Sawyier Public Library may comply with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on pornography-censoring Internet filters even though it doesn't have to, officials there say.

Nancy Rice, the library's technical services coordinator, says it does not receive federal funding and wouldn't be affected by enforcement of the decision the high court issued Monday. But the library might decide to use the filters anyway, she said.

"We have lots of problems with pornography," said Rice. "Embarrassing things keep popping up."

The ruling reinstated a law requiring libraries to install the filters or give up federal funding, which a three-judge Pennsylvania federal panel ruled last year violated the First Amendment. The Supreme Court disagreed 6-3 and will allow federal funding to be withheld from libraries that do not install the blocking devices.

"We get all our funding from local taxes," said Rice, who noted the library has been blocking individual Web sites as they became problems on all its 24 public computers.

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