FEPP Archives - News
Ask American Academy of Pediatrics to Reconsider Misstatements About Media
(2001-02) - FEPP and a group of media scholars asked the
American Academy of Pediatrics to reconsider its November 2001 Policy
Statement on Media Violence because of its "many misstatements about
social-science research on media effects." The AAP responded, but
refused to allow its letter to be published.
Research Council Adopts FEPPs Approach to Internet and Youth
(May 2, 2002) - The NRC released a 402-page report that largely agreed
with a white paper that FEPP submitted to the Council on three crucial
issues: Internet filters, media literacy, and "harm to minors"
from sexually explicit content.
Bites the Dust
(May 31, 2002) - A federal court ruled that requiring
Internet filters in public libraries violates the First Amendment. See
Ignoring the Irrationality
of Internet Filters for commentary on the Supreme Court's reversal
of this decision.
Asks AMA To Stop Playing Politics With Media Violence
(June 2002) - At a panel on media violence in May 2001,
Dr. Edward Hill, chair-elect of the American Medical Association, said
there were "political reasons" for the AMA to sign on to an
inaccurate statement claiming scientific proof of adverse effects from
media violence. A year later, in the wake of continuing misstatements
about the social science research, FEPP asked the AMA to reconsider its
Scholars File Brief in St. Louis Video Games Case
(September 25, 2002) - 33 media scholars, historians,
psychologists, and games researchers filed a brief with the U.S. Court
of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, opposing a law that bars minors from
video games containing "graphic violence." The scholars' brief
explains that most efforts to prove adverse effects from media violence
have yielded null results, and that "experts on childhood and adolescence
have long recognized the importance of violent fantasy play in overcoming
anxieties, processing anger, and providing outlets for aggression."
Revolution" is Not "Indecent" After All
(February 20, 2003) - Under pressure from a lawsuit by the feminist
rapper Sarah Jones, the FCC changed its mind and ruled Jones's powerful
rap poem is not indecent after all.
Court Strikes Down St. Louis Video Games Law
(June 3, 2003) - The decision agrees with FEPP's brief on behalf of 33
media scholars that experimenters have not proven violent content to have
widespread adverse effects.
Government Report is a Sales Pitch for Internet Filters
(August 15, 2003) - The National Telecommunications and Information Administration's
flawed report naively accepts the claims of filter manufacturers.
Court Upholds the Campaign Finance Law
(December 10, 2003; updated April 25, 2007) - Recognizing that influence-peddling
and political corruption are undermining our democracy, the Supreme Court
has turned back a constitutional challenge to the major provisions of
the McCain-Feingold law.
Court Stops File-Sharing Subpoenas
(December 19, 2003) - The D.C. Circuit's decision bars the recording industry
from forcing ISPs to reveal the names of subscribers for whom they simply
transmit e-mail or provide Internet conections; but it may provide only
temporary relief to those who share music online.
of the "USA PATRIOT Act" is Unconstitutional
(January 27, 2004) - Court rules that ban on "expert advice or assistance"
to groups branded as "terrorist" could easily include "unequivocally
pure speech and advocacy protected by the First Amendment."
Court Rejects First Amendment Challenge to the DMCA
(February 25, 2004) - Judge Susan Ilston's ruling that "DVD Copy
Plus" violates the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ignores the First
Amendment interest in a robust public domain.
Ain't Over Till It's Over
(April 8, 2004) - A new lawsuit spotlights thousands of copyright
"orphans" that should be in the public domain.
Weighs In On Movie Filters
(May 21, 2004) - Threats to change copyright law if
directors and studios don't allow censorware to blur, cut, and bleep.
Court Strengthens Cheney's Hand
(June 24, 2004) - The justices guard government secrecy
against potentially "vexatious litigation."
Court Upholds File Sharing
(August 20, 2004; updated June 28, 2005) - Rejecting industry arguments,
judges say that the technology has important legitimate uses.
Can't Use Copyright Law to Squelch Competition
(November 17, 2004) - The U.S. Court of Appeals rejects
Lexmark's bid to monopolize the market in toner cartridges.
Dismisses New Challenge to Copyright Regime
(November 29, 2004) - A federal judge says that moving
to an "unconditional" system didn't change the basic contours of copyright