Extending First Amendment Protections to Artistic Compositions in Criminal Proceedings Through the Lens of Rap-Lyric Cases: The German 'Dignity' Model Applied to American Free Expression Jurisprudence
28 Pages Posted: 17 Jan 2015
Date Written: January 7, 2015
This paper argues for enhanced free speech protections for writers and lyricists preempting the use of artistic compositions in criminal trials. It constructs this protection by grafting fundamentals of German free expression law, namely the concept of "dignity," onto existing First Amendment jurisprudence.
JEL Classification: I30, K10, K14, K33, K40
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