The Supreme Court has overruled the Federal Communication commission policy that regulates curse words and nudity on broadcast television, tossing aside fines and sanctions imposed upon them in an 8-0 decision. Those fines were in excess of $1.24 million.
While the justices did not issue a broad ruling on the constitutionality of the FCC indecency policy, they did conclude that broadcasters could not have known in advance that obscenities would be uttered during an awards show and brief nudity during an episode of NYPD Blue would allow for sanctions.
Fox News reports,
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But Kennedy said the commission did not adequately explain that under the new policy "a fleeting expletive or a brief shot of nudity could be actionably indecent."
The stepped-up indecency enforcement, including issuing record fines for violations, also was spurred in part by widespread public outrage following Janet Jackson's breast-baring performance during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show.
The court said the FCC is "free to modify its current indecency policy" in light of the ruling.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook, Google Plus, & Twitter. You can also get Freedom Outpost delivered to your Amazon Kindle device here.