Craigslist “Censored” and the War on Adult Services Ads

By |2020-01-03T13:38:36-05:00October 1st, 2010|Blog|

For several days in September, Craigslist, the Internet’s premier destination for classified ads, replaced the link to its adult services section with a bar reading “censored.” The eight-letter word was a symbol of the way in which the government managed to regulate the site’s content despite the existence of a federal law – Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act [...]

Virginia Attempts to Address Underage Drinking by Impinging Upon Free Speech

By |2020-01-03T13:37:36-05:00April 20th, 2010|Blog|

Last week, a panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ban on the advertising of alcohol in college newspapers.  The case involved a challenge to the Virginia Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission’s expansive ban on the advertising of beer, wine and mixed drinks in student-run publications throughout the state of Virginia. Beyond the obvious economic implications (the newspapers [...]

The FDA’s Tobacco Regulations: The Harm in Banning Harmful Speech

By |2020-01-03T13:37:35-05:00March 31st, 2010|Blog|

One March 19, 2010 the FDA issued a broad set of regulations directly restricting tobacco companies’ ability to advertise and promote their products. The regulations were issued following President Obama’s signing of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act last June, which granted the FDA extensive authority to create such regulations.  The landmark legislation negates the Supreme Court’s 2000 [...]

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