Freedom of Speech

Free Speech Isn’t Always Valuable. That’s Not the Point.

Speech Religion Newseum

We shouldn’t think about free expression in terms of value. What’s important is that free expression rights are indivisible.
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Paul Robert Cohen and “his” Famous Free-Speech Case

Paul Robert Cohen’s last name appears in one of the most important First Amendment free-speech cases in modern American history – in which a sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court strengthened free speech by protecting the right to engage in offensive expression.
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Judge rules Mo. library violated First Amendment by blocking minority religion content

ST. LOUIS — A federal judge has ordered a small library in southern Missouri to stop blocking access to websites related to Wicca and other minority religions, calling it a violation of patrons’ First Amendment rights.
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Student newspaper suspends publication in protest

The University of New Mexico student newspaper is suspending print publication to protest Central New Mexico Community College’s decision to temporarily pull the plug on its weekly student newspaper.
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ACLU says Pennsylvania school blocked info on gays

The ACLU on Wednesday accused an eastern Pennsylvania school district of blocking Internet content about gays.
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Florida Supreme Court loosens lawyers’ advertising rules

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A divided Florida Supreme Court yesterday loosened regulations on advertising by lawyers but also extended those rules to websites and other information.
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Senate panel approves ban on stalking software

WASHINGTON — A loophole that permits software companies to sell cyberstalking apps that operate secretly on cell phones could soon be closed by Congress.
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‘Son of Sam’ statutes: federal and state summary

This research package presents information on legal issues and legislation concerning attempts to prevent criminals from profiting through sale of their memoirs and other intellectual property.
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6th Circuit backs law requiring graphic cigarette labels

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A federal law requiring cigarette packages to carry graphic warnings about the dangers of smoking and restricting how tobacco products may be marketed and advertised passes constitutional muster, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday.
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Judge on cigarette labels: Warn but don’t scare

The federal government can require that tobacco companies warn the public about health hazards, but it can’t force them to scare smokers out of the habit.
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