First Amendment Rodeo, November 1-12

Censorship, Intellectual Freedom Issues, Privacy

A biweekly round-up of intellectual freedom news around the nation

“It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.” — Justice Louis D. Brandeis

Book Challenge: Brave New World

Privacy: EPIC Protests Full-Body Imaging Machines

United States Supreme Court: Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association

The issues in this case are as follows: (1) whether the First Amendment permits limitations on  violent video games sold to minors, and (2) whether a state regulation for displaying offensive, harmful images to children is invalid if it fails to satisfy the exacting “strict scrutiny” standard of review.  To pass strict scrutiny, a law or regulation must be narrowly tailored to a compelling government interest and must also be the least restrictive means for achieving that interest.  The Freedom to Read Foundation submitted an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in this case.