Court and Agency Briefs
Supreme Court Brief in FCC v. Fox, the "Fleeting Expletives" Case
(August 8, 2008) - FEPP joined with the ACLU, the Directors Guild of America, the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, and nine other organizations in urging the Court not only to affirm last year's court of appeals decision striking down the Federal Communication Commission's ban on "fleeting expletives" in radio and TV broadcasting, but clarifying that the laws governing the FCC can no longer be interpreted to allow the agency its freewheeling censorship of constitutionally protected speech on the airwaves.
Coalition Against Censorship Urges Full First Amendment Protection for
Student in "Bong Hits for Jesus" Case
(February 21, 2007) - FEPP was co-counsel on a friend-of-the-court brief
to the the Supreme Court, arguing that school officials had no right to
punish a student who held up a controversial banner on a public street.
Writers, Free Speech Groups Urge Court to End FCC Censorship
(November 30, 2006) - 20 organizations, led by the Brennan
Center, have filed a friend-of-the-court brief arguing that the FCC's
rules banning "profanity" and "fleeting expletives" on the airwaves are
Paper to the Nebraska Broadband Task Force: The Need to Permit Broadband
From Public Entities
(May 22, 2006) - The Brennan Center and six other
groups have filed a brief explaining why states shouldn't bar their cities,
towns, and public power companies from offering high-speed Internet access.
and Brennan Center File Amicus Brief Opposing Monopoly Control
of Internet Access
(February 28, 2005) - The Brennan Center joined with the
ACLU in a friend of the court brief to the Supreme Court in the Brand
X case. The issue is whether cable monopolies will be able to control
broadband Internet access and thereby decide what their customers will
be able to see.
Joins Fight for Community Wireless
(February 28, 2005) - A coalition of media democracy groups has filed
"Economic and Legal Reply Comments" asking the FCC to regulate "white
spaces" in the broadcast spectrum in order to promote nonprofit community
use of a portion of the public airwaves for wireless communications.
of the Court Brief Challenges Laws That Shrink the Public Domain
(January 28, 2005) - The Brennan Center and other groups
are urging the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to recognize that laws eliminating
copyright "formalities" harm free expression by starving the
Center and EFF Urge Court of Appeals to Recognize the Importance of Music
(January 21, 2005) - Our friend-of-the-court brief argues
that the "de minimis" rule protecting small amounts of
copying is important to artistic creation.
For FEPP Court and Agency Briefs in 2000-2004, go to the Archives