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 Post subject: Bad Language
PostPosted: June 22nd, 2014, 3:01 pm 
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Is there anything that says we cannot use or play something that contains bad language?


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 Post subject: Re: Bad Language
PostPosted: June 22nd, 2014, 5:35 pm 
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Are you talking about offensive language or is this a technical question about foreign languages?
If it's about the first thing: There is no technical limitation in SAM about what you can use. Or were you looking for legal limits? In that case you would need to clarify for WHERE you are hoping for advice. (The USA is not governing the whole world, even if they behave like it.)
Also this is the wrong area for legal advice. The correct location would be the general discussion area. Let me know if that is what you meant and I'll move it there.

If you're talking about internationalization: This is a rather shaky thing. Latin characters with accents and diactrics are pretty safe, but languages with completely different scripts seem to still cause problems.

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 Post subject: Re: Bad Language
PostPosted: June 23rd, 2014, 12:00 am 
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LOL, the US Government cannot even govern itself, and secondly who cares if you use bad language, should be the question in my opinion.

If the "who" is your audience and not keen on blue humor or cursing, or perhaps advertisers are not fond of such programming, then the it falls to the station owner to determine that which can or cannot air. 'Tis the beautiful thing about broadcasting without a "permission slip" from Daddy-Government, i.e. the FCC.

Purely from a business perspective, I choose to not allow foul language as a general rule, as stated previously it can make obtaining/retaining advertisers more difficult.

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PostPosted: June 23rd, 2014, 6:41 am 
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Most of the comedian's stand-up shows have bad language and I was curious how much trouble I wold be into by playing them.


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 Post subject: Re: Bad Language
PostPosted: June 23rd, 2014, 8:28 am 
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theiowaphoenix wrote:
Most of the comedian's stand-up shows have bad language and I was curious how much trouble I wold be into by playing them.

The FCC is the US agency that deals with language, however their "domain" is limited to US Public Airwaves - FM/AM/TV Broadcast kind of stuff. The Internet is not subject to FCC censorship rules at this time (Imagine what would happen to all the porn sites if it was...lol)

Off-topic, curious about your handle - Are you in Iowa? I'm in Cedar Rapids...

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 Post subject: Re: Bad Language
PostPosted: June 23rd, 2014, 8:49 am 
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yes, I am in Cedar Rapids... why?


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 Post subject: Re: Bad Language
PostPosted: June 23rd, 2014, 12:08 pm 
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Yes, in the US, there is no limit to what can be broadcast over your internet radio station so long as you have the legal authority to do so. (AKA you have the broadcast rights) Any censorship you experience on the internet is a self imposed censorship. Usually this is done to appease advertisers.

Side note: Even over air broadcast and cable systems in the US most of the censorship you experience is self imposed to avoid angering advertisers. With only a few exceptions the US is quite liberal in what it allows on broadcast airwaves. These limits are generally, Obscene material (AKA sexual material that only serves to produce a sexual response). And then between the hours of 6am to 10pm local time material found to be indecent if, in context, it depicts or describes sexual or excretory organs or activities in terms patently offensive as measured by contemporary community standards for the broadcast medium. In each case, the FCC must determine whether the material describes or depicts sexual or excretory organs or activities and, if so, whether the material is patently offensive. Again, none of this you have to worry about if you are broadcasting strictly on the internet.

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