NEW YORK -- The Federal Communications Commission cannot fine broadcasters for showing a woman's nude buttocks on a 2003 episode of "NYPD Blue," a federal court ruled Tuesday, citing its earlier decision to strike down FCC rules regarding fleeting expletives uttered on live broadcasts as unconsti...

NEW YORK -- The Federal Communications Commission cannot fine broadcasters for showing a woman's nude buttocks on a 2003 episode of "NYPD Blue," a federal court ruled Tuesday, citing its earlier decision to strike down FCC rules regarding fleeting expletives uttered on live broadcasts as...

Indecency Headlines

Court rules against FCC policies on indecency:  COURT CALLS RULES VAGUE
TV networks faced steep fines for profanity
(Post, July 14, 2010)

Apple lightens up on some nudity apps:  Decision to block porn, sexual content ensures controversy isn't over (Post, June 20, 2010)

Supreme Court Rules that Government Can Fine for 'Fleeting Expletives' (Post, April 29, 2009)

In Offseason, Redskins Could Follow Example of Ravens, Falcons and Dolphins:  Analysis: As Redskins Ponder Their Future, They Could Learn From Ravens, Falcons And Dolphins. The Lessons Include Committing to a Plan, Starting With Linemen. (Post, January 21, 2009)

Behind the Blago Bust (By Howard Kurtz, December 10, 2008; 8:01 AM)

Supreme Court Takes Up Case of Use of Profanity on TV (Post, November 5, 2008)

Super Bowl Fine Is Voided:  Court's Indecency Ruling Trumps FCC (Post, July 22, 2008)

Networks Say Live TV Is at Stake in Fox Decency Case (Post, April 5, 2008)

Fox Refuses To Pay FCC Indecency Fine (Post, March 25, 2008)

Supreme Court to Review FCC Ban on Profanity (Post, March 18, 2008)

FCC Slashes Fox TV Penalty:  Indecency Fines Levied Only Where People Complained (Post, February 23, 2008)

ABC Faces Indecency Fine For 2003 'NYPD Blue' Episode (Post, January 26, 2008)

A Crash's Echoes, From War Zone to Washington:  In 2004, Blackwater Flight 61 Raised Now-Familiar Questions About Contractors and Accountability (Post, October 17, 2007)

Court Hears Jackson Costume Malfunction (AP, September 12, 2007; 5:26 AM)

Court Hears Jackson Costume Malfunction (AP, September 11, 2007; 4:42 PM)

Court Hears Jackson Costume Malfunction (AP, September 11, 2007; 11:37 AM)

Super Bowl Striptease Back on Stage (AP, September 10, 2007; 2:40 PM)

YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK:  Outsourcing Justice? That's Obscene. (Post, July 15, 2007)

Google Fights Global Internet Censorship (AP, June 25, 2007; 1:56 PM)

Analysis: Ruling Drives Indecency Debate (AP, June 6, 2007; 5:38 PM)

Broadcasters Win Appeal Of FCC's Profanity Ruling (Post, June 5, 2007)

FCC Expected To Impose Record $24 Million Fine Against Univision (Post, February 25, 2007)

Court Suspends Enforcement of FCC Ruling:  Broadcasters Had Appealed FCC's Findings on 'NYPD Blue' and Other Shows (Post, September 8, 2006)

Some Stations Want Cursing Out of '9/11' (AP, September 3, 2006; 10:40 PM)

Sinclair Puts 9/11 Show In Late-Night Time Slots:  Broadcaster Cites Risk of Fines (Post, September 2, 2006)

TV Industry Unites On Viewer Education:  Advertisements Teach Parents About Blocking Objectionable Programming (Post, July 25, 2006)

Six-Figure Fines Worry Broadcasters (Post, July 11, 2006)

FCC to Revisit Media-Ownership Rules:  Commissioners Face Changed Landscape (Post, June 22, 2006)

Is Decency Going Down the Tubes? (By Ruth Marcus, June 21, 2006)

Congress Increases Indecency Fines Tenfold (AP, June 8, 2006; 4:23 AM)

Cleaning Up the Board:  Meeting Sites Want a Nicer Environment -- for Advertisers (Post, June 8, 2006)

The Price for On-Air Indecency Goes Up:  Congress Approves Tenfold Increase in Fines FCC Can Assess (Post, June 8, 2006)

Congress Approves Higher Indecency Fines (AP, June 7, 2006; 6:13 PM)

Frist Pushes Senate on Indecency Legislation (Post, May 4, 2006)

Networks Sue Over Indecency Rulings:  Lawsuits Say FCC Exceeded Authority (Post, April 15, 2006)

The Accidental Shock Jocks:  Does FM's future depend on four guys who got their start on cable access? (Post, February 26, 2006)

FCC Plans Fines in Broadcast Indecency Cases (Post, February 23, 2006)

The Ruling That Opens a Crack in the Door (Post, January 5, 2006)

Cable Firms to Offer Family-Friendly Packages, Trade Group Says (Post, December 13, 2005)

Stern on Satellite: A Bruised Flower, Blossoming Anew (Post, December 11, 2005)

A Decent Proposal for Kids and TV (By John Kelly, December 8, 2005)

FCC Chairman Supports 'A La Carte' Cable:  FCC Chairman Aims To Limit Indecency (Post, November 30, 2005)'s Criss-Crossed Lovers (Post, October 9, 2005)

TV Preview:  Censors and Sensibility: AMC Gives Us 'Bleep!' (Post, April 26, 2005)

FCC Head Downplays Regulation:  Cable Industry Urged to Handle Decency Issue (Post, April 6, 2005)

Dropped-Towel Skit Earns Scolding but No Penalty for ABC (By Lisa de Moraes, March 15, 2005)

Anti-Indecency Forces Opposed (Post, March 26, 2005)

FCC's New Standards-Bearer:  Bush Picks Vocal Indecency Opponent Kevin J. Martin to Head Commission (Post, March 17, 2005)

Senator Bids to Extend Indecency Rules to Cable:  Industry Defends Its Self-Policing Activities as Sufficient (Post, March 2, 2005)

House Raises Penalties for Airing Indecency (Post, February 17, 2005)

FCC Aims to Speed Evaluation of Indecency Complaints (Post, February 9, 2005)

NFL Strives For G-Rated Super Bowl (Post, February 6, 2005)

Powell To Resign As Head Of FCC:  Tenure Marked By Deregulation (Post, January 22, 2005)

New Year, New Gadgets, And Maybe New Rules (Post, January 1, 2005)

Where Aired, 'Private Ryan' Draws a Crowd (By Lisa de Moraes, November 13, 2004)

'Saving Private Ryan': A New Casualty of the Indecency War (By Lisa de Moraes, November 11, 2004)

Legislation Increasing Indecency Fines Dropped (Post, October 8, 2004)

FCC Plans Record Fine For CBS:  Halftime Show Found Indecent (Post, September 4, 2004)

Bill Would Raise Fines for On-Air Indecency:  Senators Amend Defense Legislation (Post, June 23, 2004)

Congress Acts to Curb Offensive Programs:  Senate Panel Proposes Stiff Fines, Delaying Media Consolidation (Post, March 10, 2004)

Transcript:  Station Break (, March 2, 2004; 1:00 PM)

Howard Stern Booted In Clear Channel Indecency Crackdown (Post, February 26, 2004)

FCC Chief Hopes to Raise Cost of Airing Indecency (Post, January 15, 2004)

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