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Complaints

Posted by bouncing on 2004-11-15 09:26:56

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To be fair, the news segment I saw on this said there were complains filed regarding the first airings of Saving Private Ryan, but the FCC dismissed them. The problem is, stations have know idea how the FCC will interpret the rules on a case-by-case basis. Unlike the courts, the FCC lends less continuity with any established precedent, so just because the FCC ruled one way last time a movie was aired doesn't mean they'll make the same decision again.

The official standard the FCC uses is that any words can be used, but certain parts of the body may not be mentioned. (If they were mentioned, people might realize they exist, and the world would blow up.)

In other words, YOU might not know what your remarks are in reference to, but the FCC does!


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Moral Majority? (2004-11-14 22:20:16)
like a lot of geeks, I can run risky meatspace things
through my head until a faulty value comes out that
suggests there's no need to actually do them.
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