Posts Tagged ‘Free Speech’

TLP: About F#^king Time

TLP: About F#^king Time

Courtesy of Jr. Deputy Accountant 

court profanity
Yeah, but what about intentional f-bombs?

NYT:

A federal appeals court struck down a Federal Communications Commission policy on indecency Tuesday, saying that regulations barring the use of “fleeting expletives” on radio and television violated the First Amendment because they were vague and could inhibit free speech.

The decision, which many constitutional scholars expect to be appealed to the Supreme Court, stems from a challenge by Fox, CBS and other broadcasters to the F.C.C.’s decision in 2004 to begin enforcing a stricter standard of what kind of language is allowed on free, over-the-air television.

The stricter policy followed several incidents that drew widespread public complaint, including Janet Jackson’s breast-baring episode at the 2004 Super Bowl and repeated instances of profanity by celebrities, including Cher, Paris Hilton and Bono, during the live broadcasts of awards programs. The Janet Jackson incident did not involve speech but it drew wide public outrage that spurred a crackdown by the F.C.C.

In a unanimous three-judge decision, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York said that the F.C.C.’s current policy created “a chilling effect that goes far beyond the fleeting expletives at issue here” because it left broadcasters without a reliable guide to what the commission would find offensive.

The appeals court emphasized that it was not precluding federal regulation of broadcast standards. “We do not suggest that the F.C.C. could not create a constitutional policy,” the court said. “We hold only that the F.C.C.’s current policy fails constitutional scrutiny.”

So the court gives the FCC a fleeting "F" for FAIL. And the best part is that the judges totally let loose with all kinds of profanity in the ruling. 


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China Responds To Google: Go To Hell

China Responds To Google: Go To Hell

Courtesy of Henry Blodget at Clusterstock/Business Insider

China MilitaryChina’s initial public response to Google’s threat is in, and it’s what one would have expected: Go to hell.

Now the two can start negotiating quietly behind the scenes. 

We still expect this war to be resolved in a compromise in which both parties declare victory and reserve the right to kill each other later.  There’s a substantial chance, however, that Google will be forced to actually follow through on its threat and leave the country.  (Backing down at this point would be a disaster). 

There’s no chance, meanwhile, that the Chinese government will allow itself to appear to be pushed around by a pissant Internet company.  So Google had to have expected this.

FT: One of China’s top censors on Thursday reaffirmed the state’s commitment to monitoring the internet, showing no signs of compromising in the face of Google’s threat to quit the country.

Wang Chen, head of the State Council Information Office and deputy head of the Communist party’s propaganda department, said internet media “must live up to their responsibility of maintaining internet security”, including censoring content.

“We must do our best to intensify self-discipline among internet media to guarantee internet security… Online media must treat the creation of a positive mainstream opinion environment as an important duty,” he said.

"A positive mainstream opinion environment."  And we thought our media was bad.

See Also:

Google Has Played The China Situation Brilliantly

Google’s China Exposure: ~$600 Million In Sales This Year, Lots Of Future Growth

Google Threatens To Pull Out Of China Over Free Speech

 


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The Full Faith Of The DMCA

Wow, I suggested contacting the ACLU or Alan Dershowitz .  Are we going to hear from ML’s lawyers soon?  – Ilene  

The Full Faith Of The DMCA

Courtesy of Tyler Durden

Now that Merrill Lynch has upgraded every single REIT and has a price target of +/- infinity, (conveniently pocketing over $100 million in the process), the company can focus on more pressing issues at hand. And no, not redecorating Thain’s legacy office in the neo-uber-criminal style). Instead, the bank has sent not one, not two, but a whopping six cease and desist order to Zero Hedge. As the recently acquired bank can finally afford to pay lawyers again compliments of Schmidt and Sakwa, it has decided to pursue the source of all evil: all those David Rosenberg posts Zero Hedge has published, that seek to educate and provide some color to otherwise confused and CNBC abused readers and investors.

If it is any consolation, now that David is literally out of the building, ML can sleep soundly that ZH will only focus on the bank’s daily REIT upgrades (no, we have not forgotten about those) as it is alas the only source amusement coming out of doomed mother Merrill.

So, dear readers, please be aware that the following six posts will be removed at some point tonight as Zero Hedge is unable to underwrite and collect on average $10 million per REIT dilution events and thus afford any lawyers (except potentially for White & Case’s Tom Lauria).

http://zerohedge.blogspot.com/2009/05/parting-thoughts-from-rosenberg-ver-10.html
http://zerohedge.blogspot.com/2009/05/shooting-shoots.html
http://zerohedge.blogspot.com/2009/05/look-back-at-week.html
http://zerohedge.blogspot.com/2009/04/are-fed-and-markets-on-same-page.html
http://zerohedge.blogspot.com/2009/04/spin-on-6-gdp.html
http://zerohedge.blogspot.com/2009/04/busy-day-for-reit-analysts.html

As for the 500 or so websites that fervently and automatically repost and redistribute ZH content, well, those we have no control over.

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