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Freedom of Speech and Press: Exceptions to the First Amendment

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Obscenity/Pornography,Supreme Court/courts

Discusses the exceptions carved out by the Supreme Court to the prohibition against making any law that abridges freedom of speech or press. Examples include advocacy of violence, obscenity, child pornography, defamation, and restrictions imposed on commercial, broadcast and public employee speech. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

Regulation of Broadcast Indecency: Background and Legal Analysis

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Obscenity/Pornography,Telecommunications/Internet

Latest version of a report on the evolution of broadcast indecency regulations, recent notable cases, other recent enforcement actions, and the constitutionality of prohibiting the broadcast of indecent words. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the State Department.

Child Pornography on the Internet

Categories: Children,Crime/Justice,Obscenity/Pornography

Describes the problem of pornography involving children on the web, the factors that increase the risk, then reviews responses to the problem and what is known about these from research and police practice. From the Justice Department Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

Project Safe Childhood: Protecting Children from Online Exploitation and Abuse

Categories: Children,Obscenity/Pornography

Calls for a national initiative to safeguard children from pornographers and other online dangers. From the Justice Department.

Complaints Against Various Television Licensees Concerning … Broadcast of the Super Bowl

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Obscenity/Pornography,Telecommunications/Internet

Details of the final ruling by the Federal Communications Commission in the matter of the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show wardrobe malfunction. CBS was fined a half million dollars for the violation of broadcasting obscenity regulations.


Categories: Laws/Regulations,Obscenity/Pornography,Telecommunications/Internet

Provides background on two major indecency events, the 2003 Golden Globes Awards show and the 2004 Super Bowl halftime, discusses the legal evolution of the Federal Communications Commission’s indecency regulations, and looks at pending legislation and whether prohibiting broadcast of certain words would violate the First Amendment. From the Congressional Research Service via the State Department.

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