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A modal distinction proposed by French philosopher Gilles Deleuze as a replacement for the problematic real-possible distinction more commonly used in philosophy. The possible is a bad ...

Obscenity and Pornography

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Donald A. Downs

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Political and Legal History

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Social sciences, Politics, Law, History of Law
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...issues as thousands of websites have made pornography available to minors. The Court has struck down a federal law prohibiting the knowing transmission to minors of indecent or patently offensive messages ( Reno v. ACLU , 1994 ) and a federal law that prohibited making images of actual adults or computer-created images (“virtual pornography”) that appear to be images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct ( Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalition , 2002 ). These laws were not sufficiently limited to protecting minors. But the Court upheld the federal...