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Federal Communications Commission v. Fox Television Stations, Inc., 10-1293

In an action involving the FCC's modified indecency enforcement regime to regulate "fleeting expletives," as applied to three incidents, two concerning isolated utterances of obscene words during two live broadcasts and the third during an episode of a television show broadcast when the nude buttocks of an adult female character were shown for approximately seven seconds and the side of her breast for a moment, because the FCC failed to give either broadcaster fair notice prior to the broadcasts in question that fleeting expletives and momentary nudity could be found actionably indecent, the FCC's standards as applied to these broadcasts were vague.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 06/21/2012
  • Published 06/21/2012




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