Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Yet another bad law

In yet more censorship news, Indiana recently passed a law that, as of July 1, requires all newly licensed businesses in that state to register with the state if they sell sexually explicit material. To make matters worse, "sexually explicit material" is being defined by the notoriously broad/vague "harmful to minors" standard.

Coverage from the Indianapolis Star here, here, and here.

Thankfully, the law's sheer breadth has rapidly gotten everyone from the ACLU, to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and American Bookseller's Association up against it. The flip side is that for some in the "great middle", the law's overbreadth is the only problem they have with it, with a recent Indianapolis Star editorial opposing the law conceding that it is in "a good cause". -- Sigh --

More analysis here from usual suspect Violet Blue, sex-poz blog Gloria's Oversexed Mind (this blog is new to me, but looks quite good), and from Indiana liberal political blogger Michael Wallack.

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