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- Jan 8, 2010
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FCC indecency rule: Court strikes down FCC indecency rule - latimes.com
I am not sure how I feel about this decision.Reporting from Washington and Los Angeles —
In a sharp rebuke of the Bush-era crackdown on foul language on broadcast television and radio, a federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down the government's near-zero-tolerance indecency policy as a violation of the 1st Amendment protection of free speech.
The ruling is a major victory for the broadcast TV networks, which jointly sued the Federal Communications Commission in 2006.
The case was triggered by unscripted expletives uttered by Bono, Cher and Nicole Richie on awards shows earlier in the decade, and the court's decision calls into question the FCC's regulation of foul language and other indecent content on the public airwaves.