Archive for ‘Free Speech’

Los Angeles Bans Photos at Concerts in Public Park

0 Commentsby   |  08.14.17  |  Free Speech

JMC alum and Nashville photographer Bill Hobbs drew my attention to another case like this in Music City. Apparently, after Hobbs complained to the city about the unconstitutional restriction, event organizers removed the ban. More »

TIME MAGAZINE RIPS OFF MAD MAGAZINE? | Mad Magazine

by   |  05.23.17  |  Free Speech

Once More, With Stealing Dept. More »

California AG agrees: California law does not preclude private citizens from displaying Confederate battle flag at county fairs – The Washington Post

by   |  05.23.17  |  Free Speech

A California county fair had concluded the contrary in 2015. More »

Kentucky court rejects government attempt to punish printer for refusing to print ‘Lexington [Gay] Pride Festival’ T-shirt – The Washington Post

by   |  05.23.17  |  Free Speech

Say that the Westboro Baptist Church comes to a printer — a printer who supports gay rights, or who is gay himself, or who just thinks the Westboro belief system is appalling — and demands that he print a “Westboro Baptist Church Pride” T-shirt. Should the government be able to punish the printer for refusing, on the theory that this constituted impermissible religious discrimination in public accommodations? More »

Houston rapper Travis Scott arrested at Arkansas concert – Houston Chronicle

by   |  05.14.17  |  Free Speech

No discussion here on what constitutes incitement, but Brandenburg v. Ohio tells us. More »

Families of San Bernardino shooting sue Facebook, Google, Twitter

by   |  05.04.17  |  Free Speech

Family members of three victims of the December 2015 shooting rampage in San Bernardino, California, have sued Facebook, Google and Twitter, claiming that the companies permitted Islamic State to flourish on social media. More »

TABC Changes What it Means to Be a Beer | The Texas Tribune

by   |  05.04.17  |  Commercial Speech, Free Speech

This is an old story (2012), but I was reminded of it by a decision in Florida about whether a dairy couldn’t call its skim milk “skim milk” unless it added Vitamin A to the skim milk. More »

Supreme Court Asked to Save Abbott and Costello “Who’s on First?” Copyright | Hollywood Reporter

by   |  04.25.17  |  Copyright and Trademark, Free Speech

Heirs to the comedic duo present a “critically important” question about a “new rule” robbing contributors to old movies of ownership rights. More »

Ninth Circuit: Tattoo Parlor Owner Has Standing to Bring First Amendment Claims | Rocky Mountain Sign Law Blog

by   |  04.25.17  |  Free Speech

Last week, the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a tattoo shop owner had standing to challenge Long Beach, California’s zoning regulations. More »

Opinion | No, Gov. Dean, there is no ‘hate speech’ exception to the First Amendment

by   |  04.25.17  |  Free Speech

“Hate speech is not protected by the first amendment,” says the former Vermont governor and presidential candidate. The Supreme Court, liberals and conservatives alike, has taken a different view. More »