Kansas attorney general bans CDs from state libraries

robg writes CNN reported yesterday that Kansas Attorney General Phil Kline is preventing more than 1,600 CDs from the state’s public libraries because they were deemed to “promote violence or illegal activity.”

Among the banned discs are artists such as OutKast, Rage Against the Machine, Lou Reed, and Devo. The American Civil Liberties Union calls it censorship. A spokesperson for the AG’s office said the AG is acting in the best interests of the people of the state, since the “albums… did not mesh with the values of a majority of Kansans.”

The Kansas Library Association is supporting the decision. KLA’s executive director said the attorney general “did the libraries a big favor”, saying the libraries would have made the decision to remove them anyways.

The discs are part of 51,000 CDs sent to Kansas as part of a 2002 court settlement between the music industry and forty US states over allegations of price fixing.”