Man watching porn at library, refuses to turn it off, library doesn't help.

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SEATTLE -- A Seattle woman is complaining that she was at the Lake City library recently, when she saw a man watching hard-corn porn on a computer, with the screen facing toward toward the room.

She asked the librarian to move the man to a more discreet location. The librarian refused.

"She could see the screen from the information desk where we were standing and was sympathetic, but said that the library doesn't censor content," said Julie Howe, in an email published Tuesday on the neighborhood blog, Lake City Live.

"And they can't be in the business of monitoring what their patrons are doing at any given computer."

Howe, who had in the DVD section when she saw the man's screen, then asked him to move to another computer. He also refused.

Howe was scheduled to be on KUOW's The Conversation Tuesday at noon to talk about the incident. She said one of her daughters, who are ages 7 and 10, had seen what the man was watching.

"I have had extensive conversations with the library about this incident, as well as with the police and local representatives," wrote Howe, a teacher.

"The man's right to access constitutionally protected information is fully protected (which I'm not in argument with), but our right not to be inadvertent viewers is not."

Andra Addison, spokeswoman for the Seattle Public Library, said the libraries do not filter content on computers, unless the computers are in the kids' section.

"We're a library, so we facilitate access to constitutionally protected information," she said.

"We don't tell people what they can view and check out ... Filters compromise freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment. We're not in the business of censoring information."

She said unfiltered online access has been a policy since 2001.

She also said the library was working with Howe to find ways to resolve the problem. One possible solution was moving things around, so that the DVD collection isn't as close to the computers. But Addision said such moves are difficult for smaller branches.

The libraries receive only a "handful of complaints" about inadvertent viewing of objectionable content a year, she said.

In 2010, the state Supreme Court ruled that public libraries can filter Internet content to block things like porn, after the ACLU had sued a rural library district in the state.

The civil-rights group had said the North Central Regional Library - located in Chelan, Douglas and other counties - had an overly broad policy on using Internet filters.

The group wanted filters removed if adults requested it. But in a 6-to-3 decision, the court said no.

"A public library has traditionally and historically enjoyed broad discretion to select materials to add to its collection of printed materials for its patrons' use," the opinion said.

"We conclude that the same discretion must be afforded a public library to choose what materials from millions of Internet sites it will add to its collection and make available to its patrons."

"A public library has never been required to include all constitutionally protected speech in its collection and has traditionally had the authority, for example, to legitimately decline to include adult-oriented material such as pornography in its collection. This same discretion continues to exist with respect to Internet materials."

Seattlepi.com is a media partner of KOMO News.
 

THRILLHO

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I applaud the library for sticking to their guns. Nothing wrong with browsing a little porn. That lady's kids will get over it.
 

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I can see porn on 3 or 4 computers at a time whenever i go to the library in downtown Seattle. Considering that they had to lower the doors on the stalls in the bathrooms because their was so much gay sex going on, porn isn't a big concern.
 

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I applaud the library for sticking to their guns. Nothing wrong with browsing a little porn. That lady's kids will get over it.
Kidding aside, I have to agree with this.

Don't like it? Don't fucking look at it.

OMIGAWD THAT OFFENDZ MAI EYEZ

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I don't understand how moving someone to "a more discreet location" constitutes censorship.
 

DJ Evel Ed

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There's some nasty books in the library. Check out the birthing section. If porn doesnt offend you, maybe some placenta oozing from a dialated bloody vagina will.

You can also check out the pygmie tits in the National Geographic mags.
 

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You know, I'm glad to see you're all a bunch of uninhibited libertarians, but I don't want to go to the library and see some homeless guy jerking himself off through his sweat pants. I certainly don't want kids to be around that behavior.
 

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You know, I'm glad to see you're all a bunch of uninhibited libertarians, but I don't want to go to the library and see some homeless guy jerking himself off through his sweat pants. I certainly don't want kids to be around that behavior.
Where's your sense of adventure?

Watching porn in a public place is okay with some of you guys?? Ponderous.
Why not? Porn is wonderful and we all get bored. Besides, I don't have kids so I don't have to care. :action-sm
 

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This is soft corn porn. I will have to try to find the hard corn stuff.....but those sorts of websites are iffy at best.
 

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You know, I'm glad to see you're all a bunch of uninhibited libertarians, but I don't want to go to the library and see some homeless guy jerking himself off through his sweat pants. I certainly don't want kids to be around that behavior.
One of my 'ol buddies saw that happen at his community college. Id be laughing like a spastic drooling retard if i saw that happen. Get over it. That uptight teacher must be fun to fuck.

Lady: Cops! Arrest this man!
Cops: Shut up.
 

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What if I see someone reading a book that I find offensive?
 

lajikal

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She's actually asked him to move? Who da fuck is dis bitch?
 

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back in highschool, in my typing class, i sat behind this guy who stutterd and he looked at porn every day.

and he would look at weird shit too.
 
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I applaud the library for sticking to their guns. Nothing wrong with browsing a little porn. That lady's kids will get over it.
Completely agree with this. Mind your own business lady and be a parent.
 

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You know, I'm glad to see you're all a bunch of uninhibited libertarians, but I don't want to go to the library and see some homeless guy jerking himself off through his sweat pants. I certainly don't want kids to be around that behavior.
I don't know where you live. But when I commuted in Jersey..On a full train home, at least once every 2 weeks , I got stuck next to a guy who watched porn on his computer for over an hour.
 

lajikal

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i don't know where you live. But when i commuted in jersey..on a full train home, at least once every 2 weeks , i got stuck next to a guy who watched porn on his computer for over an hour.
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