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BP —An April fistfight between an impatient person and a porn-viewing patron at the Brooklyn Public Library has reignited an old debate regarding whether adults should have free and easy access to hardcore pornography or illegal adult pornography, known under the law as obscenity, at their local public library. While libraries do not stock obscene hard core videos, patrons at the New York public library have easy access to this hardcore content through taxpayer-funded Internet access. The library is committed to creating a positive experience for everyone, and we expect those who use the library to do so with respect to our policies and to others.

As indicated by her statement, the Brooklyn library spokesperson has apparently confused both the definition of CIPA and the legal definitions of obscenity and child pornography covered by CIPA.

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At this point, three lessons are in order, which will hopefully benefit this particular library and others operating under the same misguided misunderstanding of these laws. In the mids, EIE realized that schools and libraries were not protecting students and library patrons from the deluge of obscenity and child pornography available online.

As an early pioneer of Internet safety efforts sinceEIE sprang into action. I personally prepared a briefing book, containing news stories and pictures of the types of pornography available in both schools and libraries, for Sen. John McCain, then head of the Senate Commerce Committee, and other senators and asked: Should taxpayers pay for our schools and libraries to be pornography outlets?

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Fortunately for the sake of children and families, with the leadership of EIE and other groups, the U. As a result, schools and libraries that implement CIPA as intended by Congress are better able to ensure the Internet is safely accessed. For adult library users, both child pornography and online obscenity should be filtered, since neither of these is constitutionally protected under current federal statutes. There exists a common misconception that the only type of illegal pornography for adults is child pornography. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Although CIPA was written to be idiot proof, common misunderstandings emerge from confusion over the legal definitions of pornography, specifically obscenity. Child pornography — Child pornography is material that visually depicts children under the age of 18 engaged in actual or simulated sexual activity, including lewd exhibition of the genitals. It includes close-ups of graphic sex acts, lewd exhibition of the genitals and deviant activities such as group sex, bestiality, incest and excretory functions.

Harmful to Minors HTM material — Harmful to minors material represents nudity or sex that has prurient appeal for minors, is offensive and unsuitable for minors, and lacks serious value for minors.

For libraries attempting to correctly implement CIPA, they must not confuse the laws above, which distinctly refer to different types of content. Obscenity is not protected under the First Amendment for children or adults; however, it is available in abundance, both online and offline. Simply put, obscenity laws have not been aggressively enforced, even though the U.

Supreme Court has repeatedly upheld federal obscenity laws.

Additionally, individuals should not equate the widespread availability of illegal adult material with community acceptance of hardcore content. The New York Public Library seems to have been shaped by the misguided and radical position of the ACLU, which we successfully battled in the mids and early s. Several patrons have testified that they regularly witness individuals viewing hardcore content.

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While computer terminals include privacy extensions, many individuals are not using these screens, and even when individuals do use the screens, patrons have complained they can still hear the audio from the hardcore content. It is clear that the New York Public Library is not in full compliance with CIPA and, as a result, is not fulfilling its responsibility to protect children and adult library patrons. As the overwhelming majority of Americans understand, the problem with pornography, as with many things, is that it affects more than those who just look at it.

For some individuals, pornography is progressively addictive in nature. Research shows that pornography affects attitudes, values and behaviors, and pornography has been linked to sex crimes against women and children, innocent victims who did not view pornography.

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A of federal legal precedents have also found that pornography was used as a tool in sexual harassment, and the New York Library should do more to implement responsible policies to protect themselves and taxpayers from legal liability. Its program for helping parents, educators and libraries provide online protection for children online may be accessed at www.

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