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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Regulation of Broadcast Indecency: Background and Legal Analysis

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Obscenity/Pornography,Supreme Court/courts,Telecommunications/Internet

Discusses the legal evolution of the FCC’s indecency regulations and provides an overview of how the current regulations have been applied.  Also discusses recent Supreme Court and Appeals Court decisions relating to the regulations.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by Pierce Law IP Mall


Biennial Report on Acceptable Internet Use Policies Developed by Local Library Boards

Categories: Children,Libraries/Museums,Obscenity/Pornography,Telecommunications/Internet,Youth$file/RD371.pdf

Describes the measures taken by public libraries to block Internet access to illegal materials and to prevent access by patrons under the age of 18 to material that is harmful to juveniles.  From the Library of Virginia

The National Strategy for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction: A Report to Congress

Categories: Children,Crime/Justice,Obscenity/Pornography

Provides an assessment of the dangers facing children from child pornography, online enticement, and commercial sexual exploitation.  Also includes the creation of a national database to share information on offenders and a nationwide operation targeting the top 500 most dangerous sex offenders.  From the Department of Justice

Implementation of the Child Safe Viewing Act: Examination of Parental Control Technologies

Categories: Children,Libraries/Museums,Obscenity/Pornography,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

Report to Congress mandated by the Child Safe Viewing Act which assesses the current state of parental control devices and other blocking technologies designed to protect children from inappropriate content on television, the Internet, and other electronic products. From the Federal Communications Commission.

Federal Communications Commission v. Fox Television Stations

Categories: Crime/Justice,Language,Obscenity/Pornography,Supreme Court/courts,Telecommunications/Internet

5-4 Supreme Court decision that the Federal Communications Commission can penalize broadcasters for even occasional violation of so-called decent language standards but the court stopped short of deciding whether the FCC had the constitutional right to police the airwaves. From

Strengthening Security and Fundamental Freedoms on the Internet: EU Policy on the Fight Against Cybe

Examines the human rights aspects of the Internet and the relevant criminal law rules of the Council of Europe and the European Union. Also examines other issues of cyber-crime such as data protection rights, child pornography, terrorism, and cyberattacks. Calls for an Internet Bill of Rights for the EU. From the European Parliament and Statewatch.

Freedom of Speech and Press: Exceptions to the First Amendment

Categories: Democracy/Peace,Obscenity/Pornography,Supreme Court/courts

Provides an overview of the major exceptions to the First Amendment and how the Supreme Court has interpreted the guarantee of freedom of speech and press to provide no or only limited protection for some types of expression, such as obscenity, child pornography, and speech that advocates violence or violation of law. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists.

British Board of Film Classification (Accountability to Parliament and Appeals) Bill

Categories: Arts/Humanities,Great Britain,Obscenity/Pornography

Discusses proposed changes to the procedures by which British films and some video games are assigned classifications. Also provides an overview of the British approach to classification of cinema and the regulation of media content in general. House of Commons Library Research Paper 08/21.

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