The U.S. Supreme Court will revisit a First Amendment battle over broadcast indecency, reviewing appeals court rulings that threw out FCC rules against fleeting expletives and brief nudity, the Associated Press reports.
“The justices said Monday they will review appeals court rulings that threw out the Federal Communications Commission’s rules against the isolated use of expletives as well as fines against broadcasters who showed a woman’s nude buttocks on a 2003 episode of ABC’s ‘NYPD Blue,’” the story reports.
The Obama administration is fighting the appeals court rulings, saying they strip the FCC of its power to police the broadcast airwaves, the story says.
According to the story: “The U.S. television networks argue that the policy is outdated, applying only to broadcast television and leaving unregulated the same content if transmitted on cable TV or over the Internet.”
The high court is expected to hear the case after justices return from their summer recess in October.