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Understanding the Business of Entertainment by Gregory Bernstein

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Chapter 5First Amendment Law

Introduction

There would be no entertainment business as we now know it in America without the First Amendment. The Amendment itself is very brief:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Though every word has great meaning and import, the words that have the most consequence for the entertainment industry are: “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.” That’s it. These 14 words have had an incalculable impact on American politics, society and ...

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