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03-06-03, 12:01 PM
The Supreme Court is hearing arguments this week on the Children's Internet Protection Act of 2000, which some critics -- including the American Library Assn. -- say blocks access to health-related Web sites. A federal panel in Pennsylvania last year ruled that the Children's Internet Protection Act indeed violates the First Amendment because the filtering programs block too much nonpornographic material, reports USA Today.

The law requires libraries that receive federal funding to block access to obscene pornographic material online. Some librarians and civil liberties groups say this is a form of censorship, and that the law is particularly unfair to lower-income people who cannot access the Internet from home, according to USA Today.