Aretha Franklin Judge Shows No R.E.S.P.E.C.T. for First Amendment (Analysis)

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Why a decision to block a film at the Telluride Film Festival marks a disturbing precedent. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Music Business THR Online

Judge Agrees Broadcasters Have First Amendment Right to Refuse Advertisements

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SiriusXM wins a lawsuit against a dating company as a result. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

Warner Bros. Asserts First Amendment Right to Hunt Copyright Pirates

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The studio is facing a proposed class action lawsuit that alleges it has abused subpoenas and allowed representatives to make robocalls to cell phones demanding settlements. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Tech Business THR Online

Rock Band Wins First Amendment Appeal Over "Disparaging" Trademarks

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The Federal Circuit gives victory to The Slants. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Music Business THR Online

How First Amendment Battles Are Shaping Up in the Social Media Age

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As technology outpaces the laws that seek to govern its use, questions are being raised about who can control the flow of information and how, exactly, the freedoms of speech and petition come into play. read more. THR, Esq. Tech Tech THR Online

Movie Ratings Are Not Protected By First Amendment, Court Told

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Plaintiffs defend a lawsuit seeking an injunction where no films featuring tobacco imagery can be given "G," "PG" or "PG-13" ratings. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

$10 Billion Racial Discrimination Lawsuit Against Charter Survives First Amendment Scrutiny

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Byron Allen moves forward in claiming that the cable giant allows racial prejudices to get in the way of licensing African-American owned channels. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

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Carlos Miller – First Amendment Hero

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awesomeness First Amendment First Amendment Bad Ass Flori-duh flunkiesIf you don’t already know who Carlos Miller is, you should. You are more free because Miller won’t let newsgathering and photography die under the wheels of a paranoid nation, shrieking with fear at imaginary terrorists, and hiring policies in police departments that seem to favor people with personality disorders that would make Eric Cartman [.].

Media Companies Rally Behind Mark Boal's First Amendment Clash With U.S. Government

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A parade of major names in the broadcast and print industry urge a judge to stop a military prosecutor's efforts to obtain interviews with Bowe Bergdahl. read more. THR, Esq. Culture Movies Television Culture THR Online

Trump's First-Amendment Nemesis Explains How He'll Defend Any Defamation Lawsuits (Q&A)

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Noted litigator Ted Boutrous is willing to represent news outlets and sexual assault accusers for free if the president-elect follows through on his legal threats. read more. THR, Esq. Culture Culture THR Online Donald Trump Politics

Lionsgate: 'Mad Men' Opening Credits Protected by First Amendment

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The company seeks to have a judge dismiss a lawsuit from an ex-model who appears in the title sequence of the acclaimed AMC drama. read more. Lionsgate AMC Mad Men THR, Esq. Television Business

'Reality Steve' Pleads First Amendment in Lawsuit Over 'Bachelor' Spoilers

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The blogger says that it is NZK Productions and Horizon Alternative Television not following the protocol of an agreement concerning contact with people affiliated with the popular ABC series. read more. The Bachelor THR, Esq. Television Business

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CNN Gets First Amendment Victory in Video Captioning Dispute

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The 9th Circuit gives the cable news network relief from one discrimination claim, but sets up a future showdown over the issue of whether websites are "places of public accommodation." read more. The Business THR Online THR, Esq. Television Business

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Pitbull Responds to Lindsay Lohan Lawsuit with First Amendment Defense

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Eriq Gardner Actress is suing after getting mentioned in a rap song. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music Eminem Lindsay Lohan Pitbull Ryan Seacrest

Arizona Supreme Court determines tattoos are protected by the First Amendment

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The Supreme Court of Arizona recently held that obtaining a tattoo is pure speech and is therefore subject to the highest protection by the First Amendment. First AmendmentThe plaintiffs in Coleman v. City of Mesa (Case No. CV-11-0351), requested a Council Use Permit (CUP) from Mesa, Arizona, to open a tattoo parlor. The city zoning commission recommended to [.].

Lee Daniels Wants Sean Penn Lawsuit Dismissed: "The First Amendment is Not For Sale"

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The 'Empire' creator tells a judge he's entitled to his opinion. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

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The First Amendment, Net Neutrality, and Speech

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Struble and Berin Michael Szoka, both of TechFreedom, have published A Conflict of Visions: How the '21st Century First Amendment' Violates Geoffrey A. Manne and Ben Sperry, both of the International Center for Law & Economics (ICLE), and Thomas W.

Sofia Vergara's Ex Claims She's Interfering With First Amendment Rights on Embryos

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Nick Loeb continues his pursuit of taking custody of “Emma” and “Isabella” by looking to strike a contract and fraud lawsuit from the 'Modern Family' star. read more. THR, Esq. Culture Television Culture THR Online

'Storage Wars' Rigging Lawsuit: David Hester Says A&E Can't Plead First Amendment

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Is reality television subject to the same law that was used to clean up TV quiz shows in the 1950s? read more. THR, Esq. Television Business

First Amendment vs. Disabilities Act

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The ADA has already been extended far beyond the areas in which is was first designed to apply. (From Charles Platt) Is this a real threat, or just posturing? I can certainly imagine regulations compelling web sites to be “equally accessible” to the disabled. Discussion here. Filed under: copyright, culture, discrimination, domain names, misc. copyright culture discrimination domain names misc

Technology and the First Amendment

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Yoo, University of Pennsylvania Law School & University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science, has published Technologies of Control and the Future of the First Amendment at 53 William Christopher S.

Jason Patric's Sperm Spawns First Amendment Battle

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The actor''s ex-girlfriend demands a restraining order from using the name and likeness of a four-year-old child. read more. Culture Movies THR Online THR, Esq. Jason Patric

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Hyperlinks and the First Amendment

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Anjali Dala, Yale University,Yale Information Society Project, has published Protecting Hyperlinks and Preserving First Amendment Values on the Internet in volume 13 of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law (May 2011). Here is the abstract. Hyperlinks are critical

Russian Executive Argues Trump Dossier Sources Not Shielded by First Amendment

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Aleksej Gurbarev looks for evidence to use in a defamation lawsuit against BuzzFeed. read more. THR, Esq. Business Politics Business THR Online

Cops and the First Amendment

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"Your First Amendment Rights can be terminated!" So shouted a Chicago police officer to two reporters as he arrested them. Unfortunately for said cop, someone was watching, with a camera. More here from MSNBC

'Freeway' Ricky Ross vs. Rick Ross: First Amendment Protects Hip Hop Persona

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An appeals court rules that Rick Ross partly based his likeness on a famous drug-dealer, but that he isn''t an imposter. read more. Music Rick Ross THR Online THR, Esq

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SiriusXM Says First Amendment Protects Decision Not to Air Ads for Escort Sites

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InfoStream, which has gotten attention for WhatsYourPrice.com, contends that the satellite radio giant has been applying "uneven" protocol on what advertisements are acceptable. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Music Business THR Online

Dow Jones Sues Texas Claiming Tax Code Violates First Amendment

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Eriq Gardner The Rupert Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal sues Texas for free speech violations over its tax policy. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business

'Bachelor' Producers Planning First Amendment Defense in Race Bias Case (Exclusive)

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ABC and Warner Horizon file court papers previewing their defense, which will argue that casting decisions are protected by the U.S. Constitution. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business The Bachelor

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Steven Tyler Lawyer Loses First Amendment Battle Over 'American Idol' Negotiations

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An appeals court concludes that while the public is enamored with the reality singing competition, there''s no evidence of public interest in back-stage talent negotiations for the show. read more. The Business THR Online THR, Esq. Television Business

Accommodating the First Amendment and Social Media in Public Schools

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Mary-Rose Papandrea, Boston College Law School, has published Social Media, Public School Teachers, and the First Amendment in volume 90 of the North Carolina Law Review (2012). Here is the abstract. Education officials around the country are grappling with issues

The First Amendment, New Technologies, and Democracy

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Roig, Charleston School of Law, is publishing Decoding First Amendment Coverage in the Age of Youtube, Facebook and the Arab Spring in the NYU Annual Survey of American Law. Jorge R. Here is the abstract. Computer source code is the

Dwarf Skit on E!'s 'The Soup' at Center of First Amendment Battle

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edit@hollywoodreporter.com (Eriq Gardner) Host Joel McHale is among those named in a lawsuit from a dwarf couple who claim to be defamed by the E! Entertainment show. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television Joel McHale

First Amendment Alert! Author arrested for writing a book

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I’m the first to admit that Phillip Greaves is not the most sympathetic figure in America. ass hat censorship church and state Civil Liberties First Amendment Flori-duh imbeciles obscenity political correctness polk county Sexual PoliticsGreaves wrote “The Pedophile’s Guide,&# which was originally for sale on Amazon.com before the online retailer bowed to public pressure and pulled the book from its online shelves.

Your Elected Officials Just Kicked the First Amendment Square in the Nuts.

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Civil Liberties First AmendmentAnd don’t even think about whining about it. Source. Here’s the text of HR 347, the festering shitburger your government passed and your president signed. Kids, this is no longer an issue of politics and which party sucks more. HR 347 passed with overwhelming support. P.S. Did you know the G8 Summit this spring has [.].

Your Elected Officials Just Kicked the First Amendment Square in the Nuts.

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Civil Liberties First AmendmentAnd don’t even think about whining about it. Source. Here’s the text of HR 347, the festering shitburger your government passed and your president signed. Kids, this is no longer an issue of politics and which party sucks more. HR 347 passed with overwhelming support. P.S. Did you know the G8 Summit this spring has [.].

First Circuit Recognizes First Amendment Right To Videotape Police In Performance of Their Duties

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The First Circuit has upheld an individual's right to videotape police "engaged in their duties in a public place, including police officers performing their responsibilies," under the First Amendment, in Glik v. Cunniffe. Simon Glik, a Boston attorney, taped police

The Dormant Commerce Clause, E-Commerce and the First Amendment

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Haile, Elon University School of Law, are publishing Constitutional Threats in the E-Commerce Jungle: First Amendment and Dormant Commerce Clause Limits on Amazon Laws and Use Tax Reporting Statutes in the North Carolina Law Review Scott Gaylor and Andrew J.

The First Amendment is for Christians Only

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church and state Civil Liberties First AmendmentOh Flori-duh, you never fail to amuse. Clay County Pastor, Ron Baker of Russell Baptist Church in Green Cover Springs, FL holds weekly prayer sessions near the Clay Hill Elementary school’s flagpole. To make sure that everyone knows about it, the school principal, LArry Davis put out a newsletter supporting the prayer meetings. source) That’s [.].

Vagueness About the First Amendment

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Larry Alexander, University of San Diego School of Law, is publishing There is No First Amendment Overbreadth (But There are Vague First Amendment Doctrines); Prior Restraints Aren’t ‘Prior’; and ‘As Applied’ Challenges Seek Judicial Statutory Amendments in Constitutional Commentary.