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Obscenity Case Files: “I know it when I see it”

April 11, 2013
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Obscenity Case Files: “I know it when I see it”

In the last edition of the Obscenity Case Files series, we discussed the Pope v. Illinois decision and how it impacted the Miller Test for identifying obscene material, which is not protected by the First Amendment. In this edition, we’ll take a look at Jacobellis v. Ohio, a decision that pre-dates Miller v. California, to shed…

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Obscenity Case Files: Pope v. Illinois

March 27, 2013
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Miller v. California set the standard for identifying obscene material that is not protected by the First Amendment. However, some portions of the standards set by Miller are clearer than others. In this edition of the Obscenity Case Files, we’ll take a look at the Pope Decision, which clarified who or what determines which works…

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Filtering Software Promotes Censorship in RI Schools

March 21, 2013
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Filtering Software Promotes Censorship in RI Schools

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Rhode Island recently published a report documenting how the implementation of flawed internet filtering software in Rhode Island public schools has denied the state’s teachers and students access to educational information. In its report, entitled “Access Denied: How Internet Filtering in Schools Harms Public Education,” the ACLU of…

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Obscenity Case Files: Lenny Bruce

February 20, 2013
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Obscenity Case Files: Lenny Bruce

In his song Lenny Bruce, Bob Dylan sings: They said that he was sick ’cause he didn’t play by the rules He just showed the wise men of his day to be nothing more than fools They stamped him and they labeled him like they do with pants and shirts He fought a war on…

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Bob Corn-Revere Wins Key Free Speech Case

February 19, 2013
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Bob Corn-Revere Wins Key Free Speech Case

Earlier this month, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling that found former Valdosta State University (VSU) president, Ronald M. Zaccari, personally liable for violating the rights of former VSU student, Hayden Barnes, when Zaccari expelled Barnes over a visual image. Barnes was represented by esteemed First Amendment attorney Bob Corn-Revere, who also…

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Senate to Consider Bill Designed to Protect Journalists and ISPs from SLAPP Lawsuits

August 28, 2012
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A Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation, better known as a SLAPP lawsuit, is a legal action initiated by a party with the primary purpose of causing its opponent to succumb to the pressures of litigation. Often times, the party filing a SLAPP lawsuit is aware it is likely to lose its case, but files anyway,…

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Playwright Stops Production of THREE’S COMPANY Parody Over Copyright Claim

August 17, 2012
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According to reports from The New York Times and Playbill.com, lawyers representing DLT Enterprises — the company that owns the copyright to the television series Three’s Company — have sent playwright David Adjmi a letter demanding he cease putting on productions of 3C and refrain from publishing the play’s script. In its letter, DLT accused…

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