Re: RARA-AVIS: Movie Industry Wimps?

joseph (
Fri, 31 Jul 1998 00:23:22 +0100 >But would any law passed about the content of films have stood up if the
>film industry had pressed its first ammendment rights? My point was
>that we will never know because the film industry, just as the comic
>industry later did, folded without a fight. Those few fights that did
>occur were found in favor of freedom of speech except in the case of
>obscenity, which even I Am Curious, Yellow got around.
In the early 1900's the Supreme Court ruled that the movies were
entertainment only and had less First Amendment protection. Therefore the
state boards had the "right" to censor films as well as federal government.
It wasn't until the mid-fifties that movies started regaining the lost
first amendment rights.

Joseph M

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