Supreme Court May Reconsider Radio, TV Indecency Rules
Date: Monday, June 27, 2011 @ 21:48:41 UTC

Today the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that will test whether the remarkable technological changes of the last 33 years have changed the way broadcast censorship should work. In that seminal 1978 case that arose from comedian George Carlin's monologue, the justices ruled that Federal Communications Commission regulations banning four-letter words were appropriate because "the broadcast media have established a uniquely pervasive presence in the lives of all Americans." In addition, the opinion written by Justice Paul Stevens said, "broadcasting is uniquely accessible to children," because there's no way to block it. Last year, however, a federal appeals court ruled that technological advances have ripped away the underpinnings of the FCC's "indecency" regulations and ruled against the government agency on First Amendment grounds. Complete Article

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