Freedom of Speech

Senate panel approves ban on stalking software

WASHINGTON — A loophole that permits software companies to sell cyberstalking apps that operate secretly on cell phones could soon be closed by Congress.
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‘Son of Sam’ statutes: federal and state summary

This research package presents information on legal issues and legislation concerning attempts to prevent criminals from profiting through sale of their memoirs and other intellectual property.
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6th Circuit backs law requiring graphic cigarette labels

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A federal law requiring cigarette packages to carry graphic warnings about the dangers of smoking and restricting how tobacco products may be marketed and advertised passes constitutional muster, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday.
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Judge on cigarette labels: Warn but don’t scare

The federal government can require that tobacco companies warn the public about health hazards, but it can’t force them to scare smokers out of the habit.
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FDA issues graphic cigarette labels

RICHMOND, Va. — In the most significant change to U.S. cigarette packs in 25 years, the Food and Drug Administration today released nine new warning labels that depict in graphic detail the negative health effects of tobacco use.
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Federal judge upholds most tobacco-marketing restrictions

RICHMOND, Va. — A judge has overturned two of the marketing restrictions in the new federal tobacco law, including a ban on color and graphics in most tobacco advertising.
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Federal appeals panel puts limits on Patriot Act

NEW YORK — A federal appeals court yesterday said the government will be violating the First Amendment unless it takes steps to involve the courts when it demands secrecy from Internet service providers who give authorities private information on their customers.
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Virtual child pornography

In 1996, Congress changed course in its efforts to combat child pornography when it passed a law that targeted so-called virtual child pornography — or computer-generated images of children engaging in explicit sexual conduct.
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