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See Pornography. See Obscenity. 


Obscene material is not speech entitled to First Amendment protection. Miller v. California, ante p. 413 U. S. 15; Roth v. United States, 354 U. S. 476. P. 413 U. S. 54. 


Obscene speech, has long been held to fall outside the purview of the First Amendment. See, e.g., Roth v. United States, 354 U. S. 476, 484-485 (1957). But the Supreme Court struggled in the past to define obscenity in a manner that did not impose an impermissible burden on protected speech. See Interstate Circuit, Inc. v. Dallas, 390 U. S. 676, 704 (1968) (Harlan, J., concurring in part and dissenting in part) (referring to the 'intractable obscenity problem'); see also Miller v. California, 413 U. S., at 20-23 (reviewing 'the somewhat tortured history of th[is] Court's obscenity decisions'). The difficulty resulted from the belief that 'in the area of freedom of speech and press the courts must always remain sensitive to any infringement on genuinely serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific expression.' Id., at 22-23. Ending over a decade of turmoil, the Court in Miller set forth the governing three-part test for assessing ...

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