FCC Appeals Janet Jackson Case To Supreme Court

Janet Jackson's breast-baring performance at the 2004 Super Bowl is still making news.

The Federal Communications Commission is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the FCC's indecency decision in the case.

A federal appeals court in July threw out a $550,000 fine the
commission has levied against CBS. The appeals panel noted that the
FCC usually didn't consider images indecent if they were only
"fleeting." But the FCC says the court referred to a rule meant
to apply to profanity, not pictures.

At the time of the Jackson Super Bowl incident, broadcasters
typically did not use a video delay for live events. Now they do.


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  • by C on Dec 4, 2008 at 05:08 AM
    WITN, thanks so much for keeping us abreast of this situation.
  • by David Location: Manteo on Nov 22, 2008 at 10:50 PM
    Oh would they please GIVE IT A REST ALREADY!! Geeze!! They act like they have never seen a boob before! Why are they continuing to make this such a huge deal? LET IT GO! Her and Justin both appologized. It's been 4 years and still FCC want something to complain about. How about all the love scenes, cussing, sexual gestures and other explicit material on these networks? If they are not concerned about those then SHUT UP about this boob incident!
  • by Jim Location: SC on Nov 22, 2008 at 04:16 AM
    And since they started using the video delay, about 90% of the time the video is not synchrnized with the audio. Kind of reminds me of the old film replays of the 60's and 60's.
  • by bigfruitbasket Location: NC on Nov 21, 2008 at 05:01 PM
    There are so many more important things than this, I am sure. Thanks FCC for wasting taxpayer money on lawyers.
  • by sally Location: oak city on Nov 21, 2008 at 04:35 PM
    shame on her
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