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Unformatted text preview: Exam III Obscenity Law !! Porn industry creates $13 billion in revenue each year!! raincoaters perverts ( not the ones who are spending the $) Hotels generate the most income in the porn industry. Rating system for porn is very organized X, XX, XX+, XXX Pornography No legal definition, but has legal test Obscenity - Has a precise legal definition If deemed legally obscene, loses all 1 st amendment rights and becomes a criminal crime US vs. Extreme Associates Inc. very extreme publications, an unlikeable person, dared the government to attack him.- Rob Black- Based in S. California- Trial in Pittsburgh (city = conservative based) o Scene of crime = where distribution takes place US vs. Fletcher 54-year-old grandma Text only in short stories, words are the only case On advice of therapist Password protected 29 subscribers US vs. Paul Little AKA Max Hardcore Graphic Sexual Content Lives in Altadena, Calif. Trial in Tampa, Florida Obscenity Political Social Legal Religious/moral Artistic Scientific History of Obscenity Law 1950s No clear definition for course in the cases during the 50s. US vs. Roth 1957 Justice Brennan Began crafting the definition of obscenity law o I know it when I see it. Justice Potter Stuart Miller vs. California - - - - test for obscenity 1973 1. An average person, applying contemporary community standards, finds that the work, taken as a whole, appeals to prurient (a shameful or morbid interest in nudity, sex, or erection) interest. 2. The work depicts in a patently offensive way sexual conduct specifically defined by applicable state law. 3. The work lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value....
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2008 for the course COMM 403 taught by Professor Halstuk during the Spring '08 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.
- Spring '08
- Mass Communication