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Published by Library of Congress, Congressional Research Service in [Washington, DC] .
Written in English


  • Obscenity (Law) -- United States,
  • Censorship -- United States

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Edition Notes

StatementPaul S. Wallace
SeriesMajor studies and issue briefs of the Congressional Research Service -- 1976-78, reel 3, fr. 0897
ContributionsLibrary of Congress. Congressional Research Service
The Physical Object
Pagination8 p.
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL15449484M

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  The Supreme Court has ruled that, “transmitting obscenity and child pornography, whether via the Internet or other means, is illegal under federal law for both adults and juveniles.”-Reno , U.S. ().. Obscenity Obscenity is not protected under First Amendment rights to free speech, and violations of federal obscenity laws are criminal offenses.   It is nearly years since bookseller Edmund Curll was convicted in on a charge of obscenity in an English court for his publication of the mildly pornographic Venus in the Cloister or The Nun in Her Smock. Obscenity was thereafter recognised as a crime under common law. Since then, the definition of obscenity has narrowed from the broad concept under common law of engendering. The Supreme Court has ruled on several cases involving violations of obscenity law, Read my book, Making Men Moral: and the two runoff elections in Georgia will determine control of the. A book cannot be proscribed unless it is found to be utterly without redeeming social value. control or punish the distribution of any writings or pictures upon the ground of their "obscenity.

  Obscenity in Private. States and cities can and do make it a crime to show or distribute obscene material. Sill, adults have the right under the First Amendment to have or look at obscenity in the privacy of their homes (Stanley v. Georgia, U.S. ()). But this private use exception doesn’t apply to child pornography or viewing. But Carlin’s brush with the law would not compare to what would happen in the next year where his dirty words would begin a path that would take him all the way to the Highest Court in the Land. This is the story of FCC v Pacifica Foundation, a landmark decision in the area of free speech law. The Pacifica case began simply enough. On October. The law also made it a misdemeanor for anyone to sell, give away, or possess an obscene book, pamphlet, picture, drawing, or advertisement. The breadth of the legislation included writings or instruments pertaining to contraception and abortion, even if written by a physician. It is a violation of federal law to air obscene programming at any time. It is also a violation of federal law to broadcast indecent or profane programming during certain hours. (See definitions). Congress has given the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) the responsibility for administratively enforcing the law that governs these types of broadcasts. The FCC has authority to issue civil.

As the prosecution's introduction of the book itself into evidence was adequate, as a matter of federal constitutional law, to establish the book's obscenity, we need not consider petitioner's claim that evidence of pandering was wrongly considered on appeal to support the jury finding of obscenity. Censorship of stage plays was exercised by the Master of the Revels in England by about until the English Civil War in In , partly as a result of political attacks by Henry Fielding against Robert Walpole, Parliament enacted a law that established "the Examiner of the Stage" (an official in the Lord Chamberlain's office) to censor plays on the basis of both politics and morals. All fifty states have laws to control obscenity. Virginia’s obscenity statute is typical of most states, using language from the Miller v California decision (). A short legal history of obscenity The book was badly written and not deserving of the defense it got at the trial, argues Peter Hitchens in this essay. The Sixties. Censorship is the suppression of speech, public communication, or other information, on the basis that such material is considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, or "inconvenient." Censorship can be conducted by governments, private institutions, and other controlling bodies. Governments and private organizations may engage in censorship. Other groups or institutions may propose and.