SCOTUS Tosses FCC Indecency Rule
The Supreme Court tossed out fines against broadcasters who transmitted fleeting moments of curse words or nudity.
The justices declined on Thursday to issue a broad ruling on the constitutionality of the FCC indecency policy. Instead, the court concluded only that broadcasters could not have known in advance that obscenities uttered during awards show programs and a brief display of nudity on an episode of ABC’s NYPD Blue could give rise to sanctions.
The justices said the FCC is free to revise its indecency policy.