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Posts Tagged ‘First Amendment’

Close Up the Internet and Repeal the First Amendment – Election Season is Here

You know elections are upon us when politicians start talking about wanting to “close up” the Internet, or censor Twitter and Facebook.  Throw in a couple terrorist attacks and you have the perfect storm for loss of cherished First Amendment rights. Donald Trump’s suggestion that America should consider “closing up the Internet in some way…

Private Censorship – Fighting Suppression of Speech by Non-Governmental Actors

Government censorship in the Internet age has been a consistent focal point for free speech advocates.  Recent examples of censorship by the American government can be egregious, including the curtailment of First Amendment rights through mass surveillance, overregulation of disfavored speech, criminal prosecution, and outright bans on books, movies, and websites.  However, the First Amendment…

Censored by Google: What’s Next?

Google, a name most associated with the popular, gargantuan search engine, has been making its way into the headlines for a different and much more egregious reason: censorship across its platform of products.  The company recently made waves for prohibiting adult material on its advertising network, AdWords.  Now, it seems, Google has expanded its censorial…

Censorship by Money: Snuffing Out Adult Entertainment by Denial of Banking Services

Adult film stars are reportedly having their bank accounts systematically closed by JP Morgan Chase bank, for no other reason than their connection with porn. According to industry publications and more directly, tweets from adult film performers, Chase has been busy sending letters to hundreds of performers, arbitrarily closing their accounts with the financial institution….

Keeping Your Records Clean: Segregating 2257 Records under Federal Law

Performer ID’s? Check. 2257 form? Check. Model release? Check. Throw them all into a file or load them into a database and your legal tail is covered, right? Unfortunately, XXX law is never that simple, particularly when discussing compliance with federal regulations as applied to a highly regulated industry like adult entertainment. One of the…

2257 Abuse

Title 18, U.S.C. Section 2257 (“2257”) has long been a thorn in the side of content producers and webmasters in the adult industry, but now, the controversial statute is being utilized in ways never intended by the drafters of the legislation.  Purportedly created as an effort designed to prevent the proliferation of child pornography, 2257 has historically…

Unspoken Words: The Chilling Effect of NSA Surveillance Abuses

In early 2012 when the news first went mainstream that the NSA was building its “Spy Center” in Utah, public reaction was much closer to Area 51-esque skepticism than the warranted level of alarm.  However, recent events show that we can barely go a week without another accusation of the National Security Agency abusing its…

Criminalizing Online Innovation: State Attorneys General Seek to Amend Section 230

Deceptively invoking the ‘save the children’ mantra yet again, State AG’s are reigniting the battle against online escort advertising websites, this time calling on Congress to amend one of the Internet’s few statutory guardians: Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.  Section 230, arguably the most important law to date in terms of protecting online…

Florida Sheriff Continues ‘War on Porn’ and Sets Sights on Backpage

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd is well known for his faith-based campaign against erotic entertainment.  His morality police strike again, this time with a promise to go after the world’s second largest classified ad website, Backpage.com.  The threats of prosecution come on the heels of a four day sting operation resulting in the arrest of…

Feminism or Fascism: Iceland’s Stunning Ban on Pornography May Be Spreading

Iceland recently made headlines with the latest project on its allegedly progressive agenda: a nation-wide ban on pornography.  No stranger to proscribing activities related to commercializing sex, Iceland has already passed laws banning printed pornography, prostitution and stripping, and has done so all in the name of feminism.  Rattling off the standard laundry list of…