Public porn

The recent incident of a man caught viewing porn in a Los Angeles library has created a whirlwind of constitutional controversy over the rights of US citizens to view explicit material online, as compared to the rights of the public to be protected from such material. How the provision of pornography can be made available to the US people but shielded from those not adult enough to view it was the conundrum faced by the Los Angeles City Council.

It's solution was to provide privacy screens for its computer monitors and to relocate the computers to a more private area of its library, The City Maven reveals. Creating more stringent censorship of website addresses on the computers would only have served to deny the public's access to sites with innocently-themed content: for example, about Breast Cancer.

''If we could maintain the level of privacy without compromising security, I think we’ll find a win-win where no one can sue the city for violating their First Amendment rights,' said Councilman Ed Reyes, a member of the Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee. 'At the same time, we have to be cognizant that there are certain characters that don’t have the best judgement in their behavior around children, around families in our libraries.''

The libraries will continue to reinforce their policies regarding using the computers to view pornographic material alone and in ensuring that child pornography and distribution thereof remains illegal. Another successful test of United States' Constitution complete!

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