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    Obscenity Laws

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    limiting the chance of controversy. Unfortunately, several laws appear vague in nature and consequently create a series of problematic issues. Obscenity laws have been proven to fall into this category of question due to the fact numerous definitions exist in attempt to gauge obscenity. Obscenity laws are highly debatable because the principles that define obscenity laws can be altered in various ways depending on

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    Obscenity Meaning

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    Is the meaning of an insult based on the intent of the speaker? Rothwell may have thought so. When placing obscenity into his four categories, he maintained that “these words are generally considered obscene because of their application and the negative connotations associated with them” (232). An obscene word or phrase is insulting because of the application by the speaker and the negative connotation the speaker associates with them. Or does the interpretation by the listener make something offensive

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    One of the first cases to question censorship and obscenity in films was the Mutual Film Corp. v. Industrial Commission of Ohio. This case started a chain reaction with cinema. Many films were banned from the theaters or destroyed. Samantha Barbas explained the case, “In its 1915 decision in Mutual Film Corp

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    In the Bjorn, MN case of restricting “Animal Attractions” from selling the video, Hands Up!, the cities obscenity law directly violates the United States constitution, and the First Amendments guarantee of freedom of speech and expression. In the past, the Supreme Court of the United States had written that sexual materials could be deemed obscene if they were found to be "utterly without redeeming social importance" (Roth v. United States, Alberts v. California). This broad restriction, however

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    The banning of books on the grounds of obscenity was not an uncommon practice. Countless works of literature were banned for having mention of sexually explicit language or a sexual act, even though the work as a whole did not intend to serve this purpose. Disagreements arose from this premise and there was a lack of clarity as to what dictated obscenity and who decided what is suitable for the public to read. Other legal matters such as the rights protected under the First Amendment were questioned

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    In 2013 Ira Isaacs was officially imprisoned for violating federal obscenity statutes in the state of California. He produced and distributed four of his fetish films via U.S mail. Three sub areas collectively create the core components in the analysis of this case: obscenity, fetishes and related cases with similar circumstances and outcomes. Obscene speech is the only type of speech that does not need a compelling government interest and is not protected by the First Amendment. This type of speech

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    expressions in motion pictures, art or literature. The law tries to look at the effects that obscenity would have on the morals of the people or on the minds of those that see the material. It also considered the effect some publications would have on the hands that they might fall in. There has been an evolution of the whole idea over the years since the inception and the legalities behind it. The issue of obscenity was mostly associated with movies and visual productions that produced materials that were

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    Irving Kristol's Pornograpy, Obscenity, and hte Case for Censorship After reading Irving Kristol’s essay called Pornography, Obscenity, and the Case for Censorship, we found positive and negative examples concluding his research. Kristol makes major claims throughout the course of his essay. A few examples of these major claims are in paragraphs [7-9] when he uses a story about an old man in a hospital ward, dying an agonizing death. The old man loses control of his bowels, and they empty

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    Obscenity in Rochester's Work "Rage at last confirms me impotent" (Rochester). How far is obscenity in Rochester's work motivated by disquiet with the world at large, and how successful is Rochester's ribaldry in fulfilling its satiric purpose? Rochester's poetry has been denounced by many as obscene and immoral. Samuel Johnson condemned his work and said that he lived and wrote "with an avowed contempt of decency and order, a total disregard to every moral, and a resolute denial of every

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    of EFA) The EFA shares similar goals with the USA’s EFF (Electronic Frontiers Foundation) these organizations believe that free speech is a right and it will be taken away by censoring the Internet. Does freedom of speech include pornography and “obscenity”? A lot of people argue that obsce...

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