GovTechGuy writes: The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals threw out the FCC's policy of fining broadcasters for curse words used on live television. The court found that the threat of being fined would ultimately force broadcasters to self-censor their content in violation of the First Amendment. The ruling traces the FCC's change in policy to the 2003 Golden Globe awards, where U2 frontman Bono exclaimed "This is really fucking brilliant" upon winning an award. The ruling also expresses references a Fox decision not to re-broadcast an episode of "That 70s Show" which garnered praised for its capable handling of the topic of masturbation.
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