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The Right to Free Speech According to XKCD

Nailed it….

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The Hazelwood Decision’s 25th Anniversary

Twenty-five years ago, the United States Supreme Court  ruled that a high school principal in Hazelwood, Missouri, had the right to censor articles in the student newspaper about pregnancy and divorce.  The court, in its ruling, wrote: The First Amendment … Continue reading

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8 Years Later – Supreme Court Declines to Take Up Janet Jackson Wardrobe Malfunction Case

Eight years ago, singer Janet Jackson exposed her breast for 9/16ths of a second.  As a result, broadcast network CBS was fined more than half a million dollars and a near-decade long battle over what could or could not be … Continue reading

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Link Ch. 13 – Supreme Court rules that FCC fines for language, nudity were given without proper notice

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that broadcasters did not have to pay fines levied by the FCC for fleeting expletives or brief nudity because the FCC had not provided sufficient warning that there would be penalties. The court had … Continue reading

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Link Ch. 13 – Snyder v. Phelps

Updated 4/18/14 with short student documentary on a Westboro protest. In March of 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right of the Phelps family, operating as the Westboro Baptist Church (although they have no connection to any of the … Continue reading

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Were Rush Limbaugh’s “slut/prostitute” comments actionable for criminal prosecution? Not likely.

Fascinating post from Eugene Volokh this afternoon on whether Rush Limbaugh calling a Georgetown law student a “slut” and a “prostitute” could be actionable for libel/slander, false light, or for violating a Florida law the forbids “imputing to her a … Continue reading

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Ch. 10 Link – Hitler Finds Out About SOPA Take Down of his Lady GaGa Page

To learn more about how the SOPA and PIPA bills before the US House and Senate would shut down the Web as we know it to protect Big Media, follow these links: Electronic Freedom Foundation’s one-page guide to SOPA EFF … Continue reading

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Link Ch. 9 – Supreme Court hears arguments on FCC regulation of decency

“The way that this policy seems to work,” she said, “it’s like nobody can use dirty words or nudity except for Steven Spielberg.” – Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan Justice Kagan sums up the issues surrounding the FCC’s regulation of … Continue reading

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Link Ch. 13 – Firefly, Fascism and Free Speech

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has produced a fascinating video about a Wisconsin theater professor who was accused of promoting violence and creating hostile environment by putting up a poster with a quote from the TV series … Continue reading

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Link Ch. 13 – Noriega, CNN and Prior Restraint

I was lecturing recently on free press/fair trial issues, and touched on the CNN/Noriega case.  In this case the court issued a temporary restraining order against CNN to prevent the network from broadcasting tapes of former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega … Continue reading

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