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How The Movies Became Speech, Samantha Barbas Jan 2012

How The Movies Became Speech, Samantha Barbas

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In its 1915 decision in Mutual Film v. Industrial Commission of Ohio, the Supreme Court held that motion pictures were, as a medium, unprotected by freedom of speech and press because they were mere “entertainment” and “spectacles” with a “capacity for evil.” Mutual legitimated an extensive regime of film censorship that existed until the 1950s. It was not until 1952, in Burstyn v. Wilson, that the Court declared motion pictures to be, like the traditional press, an important medium for the communication of ideas protected by the First Amendment. By the middle of the next decade, film censorship in the …


When Bad Speech Does Good, Mary Anne Franks Jan 2012

When Bad Speech Does Good, Mary Anne Franks

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