Thursday, February 23, 2006

24 February 1988: U.S. Supreme Court Defends The Right to Satirize Public Figures

Parody ad from Hustler (Nov, 1983). © 1983 Hustler Magazine, Inc.
Image source: Wikipedia / Hustler

Via Wikipedia.

Hustler Magazine, Inc. v. Falwell, 485 U.S. 46 (1988) was a case argued before the United States Supreme Court. The decision strengthened free speech rights in relation to parodies of public figures by extending the "actual malice" test of New York Times v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254 (1964).

The case was argued on December 2, 1987 and the Court handed down its decision on February 24, 1988 by a vote of 8 to 0.

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