Bill Proposed to Curb ‘Obscene’ Content May Eradicate the Porn Industry

Sen. Mike Lee proposed an obscenity law on Tuesday

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Sen. mike lee (FURROW) suggested a invoice on Tuesday, if passed, that would redefine what profanity means nationwide, which would be possible effectively decimate the porn Industry. The Republican from Utah filed the Interstate Law Defining Obscenity (IODA) based on the Communications Act 1934 and stated in the Joda that “obscenity is not protected speech under the First Amendment and is prohibited from interstate or foreign transmission under US law.”

He continued, “But obscenity is difficult to define (let alone prosecute) under the Supreme Court’s current obscenity test: the ‘Miller test.'”

Senator Mike Lee and his press secretary did not immediately respond to Gizmodo’s request for comment.

The Miller test was introduced in 1973 and is named after the US Supreme Court’s decision in Miller v. California that year. In this case, a California publisher and author Melvin Miller was prosecuted for allegedly publishing obscene material. Miller had unsolicited sent five brochures to his mother and a restaurant manager that revealed explicit images and photos of men and women engaged in sexual activity.

Following the court’s decision, then-Chief Justice Warren Burger outlined guidelines jurors should follow when faced with profanity cases, including “whether the average person, applying contemporary community standards, would find that the work as a whole was the lustful.” interests as to whether the work depicts or describes in an overtly offensive manner sexual conduct specifically defined by applicable state law and whether the work as a whole does not have serious literary, artistic, political, or scholarly value.

Although the production and distribution of sexual content is currently legal in the United States, Lee’s bill seeks to reintroduce the obscenity rules established in the Communications Act of 1934. These rules include removing content that “appeals to the depicts, describes, or depicts lustful interest in nudity, sex, or excretion, actual or simulated sexual activity with the objective intent of arousing, stimulating, or satisfying a person’s sexual desires, and … engaging in serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value,” says the IODA.

This bill will be particularly detrimental to the porn industry, which relies solely on what the bill defines as “obscene content.” The Coalition for Free Speech tweeted expressed his concerns about the First Amendment on Thursday, arguing the bill was a renewed attempt by Conservatives to censor free speech and sexual expression.

The Free Speech Coalition’s director of public affairs, Mike Stabile, said VICE News, “This bill has attracted tremendous attention from our members. Our members understand this for what it is: it is a threat to their business, to their existence. It’s a threat to their community.”

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Zack Zwiezen

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