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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Court Rules FCC Indecency Standards "Violation of the First Amendment"

Recall the Janet Jackson-(This)Justin Timberlake "wardrobe malfunction" during a Super Bowl halftime show a few years ago and the heavy fine levied by the FCC on the TV network that aired the peeper.

A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down the FCC's current "near zero-tolerance" indecency and obscenity rules as "a violation of the 1st Amendment protection of free speech-" according to this story from the LOS ANGELES (CA) TIMES.

Note that the ruling DOES NOT change the FCC's right to police the airwaves in that manner whatsoever and no doubt- this issue will probably end up before the Supreme Court when all is said and done.

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