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Supreme Court Rules Against the FCC, but Avoids First Amendment Issues By Sarah Jeong – Edited by Jennifer Wong Federal Communications Commission v. Fox Television Stations, Inc., No. 10-1293 (U.S. June 21, 2012) Slip Opinion The Supreme Court ruled last week that the Federal Communication Commission’s (“FCC”) rules on “fleeting expletives” did not give fair notice to networks like Fox and ABC, and were therefore unconstitutionally vague. While all eight justices (Justice Sotomayor recused herself) were unanimous in a judgment ... Read More...
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By Erin Pritchard New York Legislation Would Ban Anonymous Online Speech Proposed legislation in New York would require New York-based websites, such as blogs and newspapers, to “remove any comments posted on his or her website by an anonymous poster unless such anonymous poster agrees to attach his or her name to the post” says a report from Wired. The legislation is proposed in both the state Senate and Assembly, but no votes on the measures have been taken. Critics ... Read More...
Posted On May - 27 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST
State Appeals Court Rules for Online Ticketing Site Under Federal Communications Law By Geng Chen – Edited by Lauren Henry Hill v. StubHub, Inc., NO. COA11-685, 2012 WL 696223 (N.C. App. Ct. March 6, 2012) Slip Opinion The Court of Appeals of North Carolina reversed the Guilford County Superior Court’s grant of summary judgment for the plaintiffs in an unfair and deceptive trade practices case arising out of the 2007 “Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana” concert tour. The trial court ... Read More...
Posted On Mar - 20 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Geng Chen Violent Video Game Fight Ends Not With a Bang, But With an Invoice The Sacramento Bee had the last word in the California violent video games saga. California taxpayers will end up bearing the $1.8 million bill for legal services related to defending the controversial state statute, struck down by a 7-2 vote in the Supreme Court last year in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Ass’n. It would have prevented retailers from selling video games depicting killing, maiming, ... Read More...
Posted On Mar - 2 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST
District court holds that an advertisement-like salute to Michael Jordan is constitutionally protected free speech By Abby Lauer – Edited by Laura Fishwick Jordan v. Jewel Food Stores, Inc., 2012 WL 512584 (N.D. Ill., Feb. 15, 2012) Slip Opinion (hosted by Justia.com) The Northern District of Illinois has ruled that a national grocery store chain’s reference to basketball superstar Michael Jordan in a page published in a commemorative issue of Sports Illustrated is constitutionally protected free speech. The court has ... Read More...
Posted On Feb - 26 - 2012 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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