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Saturday, July 5, 2008

Using Google to Define Community Standards of Obscenity

Matt Richtel for NYT: Judges and jurors who must decide whether sexually explicit material is obscene are asked to use a local yardstick: does the material violate community standards?
That is often a tricky question because there is no simple, concrete way to gauge a community’s tastes and values.

The Internet may be changing that. In a novel approach, the defense in an obscenity trial in Florida plans to use publicly accessible Google search data to try to persuade jurors that their neighbors have broader interests than they might have thought.

UPDATE: In the comments to this post, a reader offers a link that offers more detail on this story. Thanks!

1 comment:

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