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Since the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) was implemented on July 1, 2004, schools and libraries that opt to accept federal funding for internet access have had to march to a very different tune of the United States government. They must utilize internet filters which may be doing more harm than good. Read more to find out why. more...

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When Kentucky teenager, Jacqueline Duty, tried to attend her senior prom in a dress styled to look like a confederate flag, school officials stopped her at the door. Duty has since responded by claiming that her right to free speech was violated. Based on her case and ones like it, will the south rise or fall? more...

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Lovers of offbeat music and hard-core rap would probably never use the names "Weird Al Yankovic" and "2 Live Crew" in the same sentence. Yet, they have something very important in common. The law protects their use of other people's musical works. The reason is that courts consider both 2 Live Crew's rap combined with pop music riffs and Weird Al's combination of everything... to be parodies, which are protected under fair use doctrine. more...

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The Supreme Court will soon be hearing oral arguments and handing down a decision that could greatly affect how we view the upcoming presidential election—on television at least. The debate is over whether so-called issue ads, those that endorse specific causes and are funded by labor unions, special interest groups, and corporations, can be banned 60 days before a general election and 30 days before a primary; such ads are prohibited from even mentioning a particular candidate or party. more...

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Been jilted? Cheated on? Lied to? You can post your frustrations by calling out your ex on a website called "Don'tDateHimGirl.com." And you can do it all anonymously! Is this website illegal? Maybe.

Read more to find out whether Don'tDateHimGirl.com is legal. more...

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If an industry in the United States brought a suit against a public organization or figure for potentially disparaging remarks, who would win? Here we are talking about the law of defamation, generally a statement, whether spoken (slander) or written or printed (libel), that unfairly damages a person's reputation. Normally, someone alleging defamation must show that the defendant made a false damaging statement which the speaker knew or should have known wasn't true. more...

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Howard Stern has periodically been under fire for going too far with his shock-jock radio program. But Stern points us to an important question. Where is the line between free speech and public decency? more...

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The presidential campaign may be over, but the debate over religion and politics shows no sign of quieting. Religious values will once again take center stage—this time in the judiciary—when the Supreme Court decides whether the Ten Commandments can be posted on government property. more...

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Did you know a wedding announcement can be claimed as libelous? The word libel commonly describes injury to a person's reputation but libel damages may also include emotional distress. However, libel can occur in words, pictures, graphic images, and any other publishable forms. Read more to find out what you need to know about libel. more...

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Steven Williams was recently ordered to stop using the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, as well as any other primary historical texts that reference God after being accused of using such texts not for their historical relevance but to promote the Christian faith in his public school classroom. more...

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