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RIAA says no to Illinois proposal

The Recording Industry Assn. of America on Monday urged Illinois legislators to reject a proposal to allow each of the state’s 102 counties to write their own definitions of obscenity.

Testifying before a state committee, RIAA’s director of state relations told legislators the bill will create 102 separate obscenity standards. “Because distributors of recorded music may use the most restrictive definition of community standards as a threshold, citizens of Illinois may very well be deprived of access to Constitutionally protected material. And more importantly, the thousands of titles passing through a distribution facility will have to be reviewed. … Guesses will have to be made about each and every title,” Paul Russinoff said.

A similar Colorado ballot referendum was defeated in November.

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