Are EAS Codes In Fictional Programs A First Amendment Right?

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The FCC on Monday released a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture to CBS for its use of a “modified version” of actual EAS codes and Attention Signal in an April 2018 episode of “Young Sheldon.”

While some may fixate on the proposed fine, in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, being handed to a company fined $550,000 for a 2004 Super Bowl snafu involving singer Janet Jackson’s nipple, many in Washington are instead gripped by CBS’s assertion that sanctions in this matter could violate the company’s freedom of speech.

Several D.C. lawyers have something to say about that.

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