Media Coalition creates new Foundation
Media Coalition, the trade association which has been fighting to preserve freedom of speech since 1973, has created the Media Coalition Foundation.
The Foundation is a tax-exempt organization that will offer individuals and others the opportunity to make tax-deductible contributions to help further Media Coalition’s work protecting the public’s right to access the broadest possible range of information, opinion and entertainment.
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Alabama proposes hefty tax on sexual material
H.B. 39 would impose a 40 percent tax on “harmful to minors” material, with the exception of movies rated “R” or “NC-17” by MPAA. It would also impose a second 10 percent tax on sexually oriented material not limited to “harmful to minors,” and there is no exception for movies that have been rated.
A similar tax proposal was struck down by an Alabama court in 1980 in a challenge brought by Media Coalition.
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Massachusetts bill targets speech about crime
H.B. 1399 would require anyone who enters into a contract with someone who has been charged or convicted of a crime to report that contract to the state Attorney General and post a bond equal to the value of the contract.
Media Coalition sent letters to legislators reminding them that an identical bill was found unconstitutional by the Massachusetts Supreme Court in an advisory opinion in 2001.
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MEDIA COALITION is an association that defends the First Amendment rights of producers and distributors of books, movies, magazines, recordings, home video, and video games, and defends the American public’s First Amendment right to have access to the broadest possible range of information, opinion and entertainment.
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Antigone Books v. Brnovich: Federal court permanently blocks enforcement of Arizona law
U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton signed an order permanently ordering Arizona prosecutors to halt enforcement of the state’s nude photo law. The order approved a joint final settlement between the booksellers, librarians, publishers and media organizations who challenged the law and the Arizona attorney general. The order resolved all the claims in the lawsuit and stated that the plaintiffs are entitled to attorneys’ fees.
Delaware S.B. 68: Bill would ban marketing of First Amendment-protected material to minors
Senate Bill 68 would bar websites directed to minors from advertising a range of products and services, as well as bar websites that has actual knowledge that a minor is on the website from advertising to that minor. Among the goods and services that may not be advertised is material that fits the three prongs of the Miller/Ginsberg test for “harmful to minors” material. However, the bill does not limit it to material with sexual content, which means that it could apply to content — such as violent material — fully protected by the First Amendment for both adults and minors.
California A.B. 538: Bill would require reporting of contracts for true crime stories
Assembly Bill 538 would require any person, organization or company that enters into a contract for “the sale of the story of a crime for which the offender was convicted” with a person convicted of specified crimes to report it to the Office of Survivor Rights and Services. Though this bill does not require that the profits from the story be given to the victims as so-called “Son of Sam” legislation does, it still places a financial burden on both the convicted individual and publishers and creators of true crime material. The bill would discourage publishers, authors, filmmakers and musicians from pursuing sensitive subjects.
Recent Legislation Updates
September 9, 2015: The Joint Committee on Education removed the language on nonconsensual distribution.
The bill would make it a crime to disseminate nude or sexually explicit images of another person without that person’s consent and with the intent to cause substantial emotional distress or humiliation. Neither substantial emotional distress nor humiliation are defined in the legislation.
September 1, 2015: The legislature passed the bill. It now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown.
The bill would require anyone that enters into a contract for “the sale of the story of a crime for which the offender was convicted” with a person convicted of specified crimes to report it to the Office of Survivor Rights and Services.
September 9, 2015: The amended bill was signed into law.
As introduced, the bill would bar the publication of a person’s name, address or personal information “associated with” a nude or sexually explicit image distributed without consent. This provision was removed from the bill.
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