Obscenity and the World Wide Web
30 Pages Posted: 12 Jul 2008
Date Written: July, 12 2008
The presence of the World Wide Web has caused a flurry of interest in revisiting the Miller standard for judging obscenity - particularly its "contemporary community standards" component. However, contrary to popular argument, the constitutional issues raised by the regulation of Web obscenity are not genuinely new. It appears that those who argue that the World Wide Web is distinguishable for constitutional purposes from other methods of publishing either do not appreciate the arguments that Miller resolved, or they simply do not like the answers that the Supreme Court gave. Under current law, it is constitutionally permissible to apply the traditional test for obscenity, the Miller standard, to the internet, including its reference to "contemporary community standards" without a more particular geographic definition.
Keywords: First Amendment, Obscenity, Pornography, Community Standards, World Wide Web, Internet
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