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    Thumbs up FCC indecency rule struck down by appeals court

    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.
    Score a victory for free speech.

    FCC indecency rule: Court strikes down FCC indecency rule - latimes.com
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    Re: FCC indecency rule struck down by appeals court

    Quote Originally Posted by chevydriver1123 View Post
    I can see some merit in limiting network and terrestrial radio in what times they can allow the strongest of language even though I personally consider those bad words to be of a very arbitrary nature. That said all it would take to lose a license under that bill would be someone a little too slow on the dump profanity button once and that is a chilling concept. The court got this exactly right.
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    Re: FCC indecency rule struck down by appeals court

    Quote Originally Posted by chevydriver1123 View Post
    Oh god, I hope this gets taken to where it needs to go. The only legitimate power of the FCC is that to prevent piracy. All their rules about foul language and nudity and what have you is all unconstitutional.
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    Re: FCC indecency rule struck down by appeals court

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    Oh god, I hope this gets taken to where it needs to go. The only legitimate power of the FCC is that to prevent piracy. All their rules about foul language and nudity and what have you is all unconstitutional.
    The FCC should be destroyed, networks should control what they put on their stations. I would give the preventing piracy power to the chamber of commerce.
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    Re: FCC indecency rule struck down by appeals court

    Quote Originally Posted by chevydriver1123 View Post
    Score a victory for free speech.
    And a blow against family values...
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    Re: FCC indecency rule struck down by appeals court

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    And a blow against family values...
    Not at all, parents just need to be parents instead of letting the t.v. Be the babysitter. Don't like what's on t.v.? Grow up and be an adult and turn it off. Problem solved.

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    Re: FCC indecency rule struck down by appeals court

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    Not at all, parents just need to be parents instead of letting the t.v. Be the babysitter. Don't like what's on t.v.? Grow up and be an adult and turn it off. Problem solved.
    The original argument came from the earlier part of the 1900's, been a while since I had to know that stuff but it involved a daytime droppage of strong language and a father was listening with his kids, the argument was there was no warning about the content and the exposure was something they couldn't prepare for. Personally I'm not a fan of limiting content but the points were sound in the argument, these days though I think a rejoin warning should be sufficient in the face of an overall ban but can still see the merits of either.
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    Re: FCC indecency rule struck down by appeals court

    Quote Originally Posted by LaMidRighter View Post
    The original argument came from the earlier part of the 1900's, been a while since I had to know that stuff but it involved a daytime droppage of strong language and a father was listening with his kids, the argument was there was no warning about the content and the exposure was something they couldn't prepare for. Personally I'm not a fan of limiting content but the points were sound in the argument, these days though I think a rejoin warning should be sufficient in the face of an overall ban but can still see the merits of either.
    Just so I understand you think the warning labels that are on TV now like the TV-14 or the general warning "there maybe some material unsuitable for children" is good enough?

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    Re: FCC indecency rule struck down by appeals court

    Quote Originally Posted by LaMidRighter View Post
    The original argument came from the earlier part of the 1900's, been a while since I had to know that stuff but it involved a daytime droppage of strong language and a father was listening with his kids, the argument was there was no warning about the content and the exposure was something they couldn't prepare for. Personally I'm not a fan of limiting content but the points were sound in the argument, these days though I think a rejoin warning should be sufficient in the face of an overall ban but can still see the merits of either.
    I like the better warning of, "there may be content on T.V. that you might not want your kid(s) seeing or listening to so turn it off unless it's sesame street or Disney". See problem solved again.

    Besides I don't know if you've seen soap operas nowadays, they don't need to be dropping any language bombs to realize they shouldn't be watched by kids.

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    Re: FCC indecency rule struck down by appeals court

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    And a blow against family values...
    If a "bad" word on TV hurts/harms your family values I'd seriously question those values.

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