Obscenity, Child Pornography, and Indecency: Brief Background and Recent Developments

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The First Amendment provides that “Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press. ...” The First Amendment applies, with two exceptions, to pornography, with that term being used to refer to any words or pictures of a sexual nature. This report discusses the two exceptions, which are obscenity and child pornography; because these are not protected by the First Amendment, they may be, and have been, made illegal. Pornography and “indecent” material that are protected by the First Amendment may nevertheless be restricted in order to limit minors’ access to them.

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Cohen, Henry October 6, 2009.

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The First Amendment provides that “Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of
speech, or of the press. ...” The First Amendment applies, with two exceptions, to pornography,
with that term being used to refer to any words or pictures of a sexual nature. This report discusses the two exceptions, which are obscenity and child pornography; because these are not protected by the First Amendment, they may be, and have been, made illegal. Pornography and “indecent” material that are protected by the First Amendment may nevertheless be restricted in order to limit minors’ access to them.

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Cohen, Henry. Obscenity, Child Pornography, and Indecency: Brief Background and Recent Developments, report, October 6, 2009; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc822423/: accessed October 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.