In United States v. Playboy Entertainment Group, Inc., the Supreme Court reaffirmed the long-standing principal that the government has a compelling interest to protect minors from exposure to indecent material. However, the Court held that a federal statute restricting transmission of cable television channels dedicated to sexually explicit programming violated the First Amendment because the government failed to prove that the restriction was the least restrictive means of addressing a real problem.
Grinsted, Brandon T.
"United States v. Playboy Entertainment Group, Inc.: A Twenty-Four-Hour Safe Harbor for Sexually Explicit Programming,"
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