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Think Internet Censorship Can’t Happen Here?

A few years ago I helped sue the state of Ohio. I’m proud to say we just won an important victory—something that protects every American. Like many states in the early 2000s, Ohio passed a law criminalizing the sending of material “harmful to minors” on the internet. There were only 3 small problems with the law—“harmful to minors” wasn’t really defined, on the net you can’t know who’s a minor, and I have the First Amendment right to say what I want if it isn’t obscene or libelous. Other than that, the law was fine. As the publisher of Sexual…

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Court Finally Limits Persecution of Teen Sexuality

Sexting has come of age—it’s on the front page of today’s New York Times. The good news is that our judiciary has finally told prosecutors enough is enough. A U.S. Appeals Court just upheld a preliminary injunction barring local prosecutors from filing felony child-porn charges against a teenage girl who took a topless photo of herself with her cellphone. Eighteen months ago, sexy shots of three Pennsylvania teen girls—one showing her breasts, the others in bra or bathing suit—were taken and sent to some friends via cell phone. School officials busted them and 13 other students who had the pictures…

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Speaking As Janet Jackson’s Nipple…

…I gotta say I’m kinda confused. OK, I’m peeved. When I think of what you people put me through after the 2004 Superbowl, I shiver—and not in a good way. That ½-second shot of me during halftime? First, you accused me of ruining not just half-time, but the rest of the game. Then Morality In Media starts a campaign to punish CBS, which the FCC eventually did. For months, congressmembers competed to see who could denounce me the loudest. Eventually this led to the federal government increasing the fines for on-air “indecency” by 1,000%. People even trashed me during the…

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Supreme Court: Free Expression Crucial—Unless It’s About Sex

You’ve heard about the recent Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Overturning the heart of the McCain-Feingold Act, the Court said that corporate donations to elections cannot be limited because it would violate the First Amendment. How bad is this? Said the New York Times, “The Supreme Court has handed lobbyists a new weapon. A lobbyist can now tell any elected official: if you vote wrong, my company, labor union or interest group will spend unlimited sums explicitly advertising against your re-election.” Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor added she is concerned that “the problem…

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Fantasy On Trial (Again)

I’m on my way home from Denver, where I testified as an expert witness at a deeply troubling trial—a trial that’s become way too common in America. Here’s the situation: The defendant “Mr. Jones” goes into a Yahoo adult chat-room, and makes it clear he wants to have conversations about sexually dominating a young person. A person responds—let’s call her “Missy”—who says she’s a teen who would gladly chat with a wiser, older man about the ins and outs of sexual things. “Missy” says she’s 14, and she and “Mr. Jones” proceed to exchange hundreds and hundreds of emails, IMs,…

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Florida Criminalizes Arts & Crafts

Remember playing with photos and scissors as a young teen? You’d make collages: your scrawny face on a caveman’s body, your friend’s body with the head of a dog, you and a movie star on a beach in Hawaii. Silly adolescent stuff, harmless. Now what about putting your head on a movie star’s nude body? Or your neighbor kid’s face on your body? Still harmless, right? When does this kind of stuff become illegal? John Stelmack of Lakeland, FL found out the hard way. He allegedly cut out a Xerox copy of a girl’s head, taped it to a printout…

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