Exposed: How Mugshots Expanded Government Secrecy

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By Amber Lee; Staff Member (Vol. 15)

Despite increased calls for government transparency, the Sixth Circuit gave the federal government the precedent needed to further withhold information from the public.  The Sixth Circuit holding in Free Press II states that an individuals interests in avoiding embarrassment or humiliation outweighs the public’s interest in knowing information.  Continue reading

Fraud, A Weak Copyright Claim, and What Might Have Been: A Brief Examination of Garcia v. Google, Inc.

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By Jennifer Davis; Staff Member (Vol. 15)

Cindy Got “Bamboozled”

 When Cindy Garcia responded to a casting call for a film titled Desert Warrior, she did not object to delivering two innocuous seeming lines while “sounding concerned.” She probably would not have objected when in 2012, the director Mark Youssef, translated the film into Arabic, and perhaps she would not even have objected when Youssef changed the name of the film to The Innocence of Muslims. Continue reading

Protecting One Artist’s Expression of Another Artist’s Work: An Analysis of the Intersection of the First Amendment and Copyright Law in Seltzer v. Green Day, Inc.

scream-iconBy Katherine Rippey; Staff Member (Vol. 15)

Oscar Wilde once said, “Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.” The First Amendment to the United States Constitution is predicated on this concept of individual expression in regards to speech, religion, and even art. This protection of individual consciousness is further protected through copyright laws, where an individual’s work can be protected from duplication in an effort to preserve the creativity and distinct nature of certain products. However, in considering self-expression, it appears contradictory that for your own artistic self-expression you are unable to utilize the works of others as a basis of inspiration.

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Who Decides the Meaning of YOUR Speech?


By John Ferris; Staff Member (Vol. 15)

What is your favorite item of clothing?  Whatever it may be, that item of clothing is likely something that has symbolic value to you and it expresses something specific when you wear it.  What if you wore that favorite item of clothing to work one day and were promptly told to go home and change because it offended one of your co-workers?  Is that reasonable?  Doesn’t your co-worker know that your Texas A&M “Aggies” cap doesn’t have any significant offensive meaning and that no one is even sure what an “Aggie” is anyways?

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Welcome Volume 15 Staff Members

Please welcome the new Volume 15 Staff Members! Congratulations on successfully completing the 2016 Joint Journal Competition, and welcome to the First Amendment Law Review!

Tyler Abboud Chelsea Barnes Danny Budasoff
John Cashion Ashton Cooke Jennifer Davis
John Ferris Hanna Fox Elaine Hillgrove
Catherine Hipps Emily Jessup Amber Lee
Saverio Longobardo Martin Maloney Emily Mann
Lauren Margolies Jack Middough Allie Olderman
Elizabeth Paillere Garrett Rider Katherine Rippey
Katherine Spencer Jessica Stone-Erdman Matt Taylor
Lindsie Trego Kirstin Vinal Travis White
Miles Wobbleton