At NYC Libraries, Porn Is A-OK
Your right to watch it is apparently protected by the first amendment
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 25, 2011 2:53 PM CDT
Who knows what this guy is doing?   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

(Newser) – Some New Yorkers are enjoying an illicit perk at their local library: porn. Not just porn but, in the words of the New York Post, the most "extreme, hard-core Internet smut this side of the old Times Square." Turns out you can watch the aforementioned smut in the city's public libraries, thanks to the First Amendment. Amusingly, the Post even found a "dirty old man" doing just that, who "skulked away" when approached, saying, "I don't want to talk to you. Leave me alone."

The man was using extensions, provided by the library, to block the view of his computer, but the woman sitting next to him could still hear the onscreen threesome. "It is very disrespectful to the children," she complains. US law dictates that federally funded libraries must install filters on public computers blocking illegal obscenity and child pornography, but patrons 17 or older can simply turn those off—and officials aren't planning on making any changes, calling it a free speech issue.
 

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