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    Mass Media Law

    By: Don R. Pember & Clay Calvert

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    "Since the last edition of the textbook, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down important rulings in more than a half-dozen, high-profile cases affecting freedom of speech, access to information, and jury bias. Those rulings from 2010 and 2011, all of which are addressed in this new edition, include - United States v. Stevens, in which the Court declared as unconstitutionally overbroad a federal statute that criminalized the commercial creation, sale or possession of certain depictions of animal cruelty, and, in particular, so-called "crush videos" (see Chapters 1 and 2). In issuing its ruling, the Court refused to carve out a new category of unprotected speech for images of animal cruelty - Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association, in which the Court declared unconstitutional a California statute limiting minors' access to purchasing and renting violent video games (see Chapter 2). The decision hopefully will put an end to similar state and local legislation that seems to be adopted every time a school shooting occurs and legislators blame the violent media content"--

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