First Amendment Activities Update

April 2006
by Lloyd J. Jassin

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Along with the Association of American Publishers, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, and many other industry groups, PMA is a member of the Media Coalition, an association that defends the First Amendment right to produce and sell books, magazines, recordings, videotapes, and videogames; and also defends the American public’s First Amendment right to have access to the broadest possible range of opinion and entertainment. Founded in 1973, the Media Coalition represents most of the booksellers, publishers, librarians, periodical distributors, recording and videogame manufacturers, and recording and video retailers in the United States.

Here’s a summary of PMA’s involvement in Media Coalition matters during 2005:

The King’s English v. Shurtleff. PMA is a plaintiff in this challenge to a Utah law applying “harmful to minors” law to the Internet and requiring the attorney general to create a blacklist of all Web sites deemed to contain material “harmful to minors” that do not restrict
minors’ access to the material. The law would require ISPs to block sites on the attorney general’s list and to filter or block sites if individual customers object to them.

Lyle v. Warner. PMA signed onto an amicus brief urging the California …IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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