Posts Tagged ‘ obscenity ’

In Memoriam: Free Speech Lawyer Herald Price Fahringer

February 23, 2015
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In Memoriam: Free Speech Lawyer Herald Price Fahringer

Free speech lost a prime defender recently with the death of Herald Price Fahringer, the lawyer who over a more than 50-year career represented clients such as Larry Flynt and Screw magazine’s Al Goldstein. While abstaining from most vice himself, Fahringer was firmly committed to the principle that “freedom is only meaningful if it includes…

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UK Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Illegal Manga

October 22, 2014
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UK Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Illegal Manga

A UK man last week pleaded guilty to 10 counts of possessing illegal manga and anime, a first since manga was added to the country’s child pornography laws in 2010. Robul Hoque of South Bank, Middlesbrough was sentenced to nine months in prison, but the sentence was suspended as long as he does not break…

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Indian State Allows Pre-Emptive Arrest for Online Obscenity, Copyright Violations

August 28, 2014
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Indian State Allows Pre-Emptive Arrest for Online Obscenity, Copyright Violations

In the state of Karnataka in southern India, Minority Report has come true. Actually, the state’s so-called Goondas Act — an umbrella law covering offenses from bootlegging to gambling — has long allowed police to put habitual offenders in “preventive custody” for up to a year before they offend again. But just this month Karnataka’s…

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Censorship 2013: Missouri Man Goes to Prison for Comics

December 31, 2013
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Censorship 2013: Missouri Man Goes to Prison for Comics

Comics are still in the cross hairs in battle against censorship. This is most evident in the case of Christjan Bee, a Missouri man who will spend three years in federal prison because of the comics he possessed. Bee was prosecuted under the PROTECT Act (Section 1466A of the United State Code) and after accepting a…

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Censorship 2013: Comics Editors Convicted of Obscenity

December 30, 2013
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Censorship 2013: Comics Editors Convicted of Obscenity

Earlier this month, CBLDF received word that editors of the popular Japanese comics publication Core Magazine pleaded guilty to charges of obscenity. The conviction marks an escalation in the assault on free expression in the Japanese manga industry by Tokyo authorities, and the repercussions could travel to what global otaku will read in their home…

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