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Libraries, the First Amendment, and cyberspace what you need to know by Robert S. Peck

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Published by American Library Association in Chicago .
Written in English



  • United States.


  • Internet access for library users -- Law and legislation -- United States,
  • Libraries -- Censorship -- United States,
  • Freedom of speech -- United States

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Edition Notes

Includes index.

StatementRobert S. Peck.
LC ClassificationsKF4315 .P43 2000
The Physical Object
Paginationxii, 216 p. :
Number of Pages216
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL44276M
ISBN 100838907733
LC Control Number99039455

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Intended to be a practical guide to the issues that arise under the First Amendment for libraries that provide public access to the Internet, this book contains the following chapters: (1) "Questions and Answers about the First Amendment: Sex, Lies, and Cyberspace"; (2) "Basic First Amendment Principles and Their Application to Libraries"; (3) "The Sexual Cited by: 4. Libraries, the First Amendment, and Cyberspace: What You Need to Know. Robert S. Peck. Libraries, the First Amendment and Cyberspace: What You Need to Know by Robert B. Peck (, Paperback) Be the first to write a review About this product Brand new: lowest price. The Bizarre War that One Public Library Waged Against the First Amendment, citizen sleuths Megan Fox and Kevin DuJan expose the pattern of censorship, intimidation, harassment, bullying, and retaliation that the Orland Park Public Library engaged in (with help from the American Library Association (ALA), the Orland Park Police, and the Village /5(34).

This book makes clear the plain fact that the anti-censorship stance of most libraries and most librarians is not a question of ideology, but is firmly founded in law. It is not just librarians and the ALA, but the Constitution and Supreme Court interpretations of that Constitution, that require libraries to provide equal access to information without discriminating on the basis of point of . In Virginia, on Novem , the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia declared that the highly restrictive Internet policy imposed on Loudoun County libraries is invalid under the free speech provisions of the First Amendment. Under its . The Pico case is the most important court decision to date concerning school libraries and the First Amendment. In it, the Court recognized that the First Amendment rights of students are “directly and sharply implicated” when a book is removed from a school library. Fortunately, the First Amendment protects Americans from an outright banning of books by the U.S. government, but each year many books are “challenged” and taken to court to prevent schools or libraries from carrying the titles. Most books are challenged because of sexual content, offensive language or because the content is deemed.

Specifically, the Court held that this act of the federal government abridged citizens' free-speech rights as protected by the First Amendment. In his written opinion, Judge Stewart Dalzell called the Internet "the most participatory form of mass speech yet developed.". California, U. S. (): Since Anita Whitney did not base her defense on the First Amendment, the Supreme Court, by a 7 to 2 decision, upheld her conviction of being found guilty under the California’s Criminal Syndicalism Act for allegedly helping to establish the Communist Labor Party.   Deborah Caldwell-Stone is Director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and Executive Director of the Freedom to Read is a recovering attorney and former appellate litigator who now works closely with librarians, library trustees and educators on a wide range of intellectual freedom and privacy issues, including book . Sex, Cyberspace, and the First Amendment. The Cato Institute held a Policy Forum in the F. A. Hayek Auditorium on December 8 to discuss whether sex and violence in the media can lead to real-life effects and how those issues are being confronted in the world of on-line information.