Feb 8: Freedom of Speech and Freedom From Harm: Debating the FCC's Indecency Regulations as Framed by FCC v. Fox Television

12:00pm - 2:00 pm
WCL Room 603

Sponsored by: The Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property and the Communications and Media Law Society

The Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in FCC v. Fox Television, a case dealing with the constitutionality of the FCC's "fleeting expletives" rule whose result could have serious implications for the agency's regulation of speech in broadcast.  Panelists will discuss the First Amendment considerations in the case, and debate whether broadcast is still a unique medium that deserves unique regulation or whether drastic changes to the media landscape should lead to higher speech protections in this medium like those enjoyed in print, on cable, and on the Internet. 

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Speakers include:

Supporting the Regulations:

Craig Parshall, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, National Religious Broadcasters
Dr. Chris Gacek, Senior Fellow of Regulatory Policy, Family Research Council

Opposing the Regulations:

Trevor Burrus, Cato Institute
David Petron, Sidley Austin LLP (for Fox Television)


Chris Wright, Wiltshire & Grannis, LLP, former FCC General Counsel