Bob Corn-Revere has extensive experience in First Amendment law and communications, media and information technology law. He regularly counsels clients and serves as litigation counsel in communications and Internet-related matters. Bob speaks and writes extensively on First Amendment and communications policy issues.
Bob also successfully petitioned Governor George E. Pataki to grant the first posthumous pardon in New York history, to the late comedian Lenny Bruce in a landmark pro bono case.
Bob is currently challenging the FCC’s indecency finding and $550,000 forfeiture penalty levied against CBS for the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show featuring Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake. Additionally, Bob is involved in the appeal challenging the FCC’s application of broadcast indecency rules to “fleeting expletives” in live awards shows and brief nudity in the program NYPD Blue.
Representing Playboy Entertainment Group, Inc., Bob successfully challenged a provision of the Telecommunications Act that restricted programming on sexually-oriented cable television networks. This case established that cable networks are fully protected by the First Amendment.
Bob was lead counsel for the case in which the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia held that mandatory content filtering of public library Internet terminals violates the First Amendment.
Bob has been a keynote speaker on many occasions, making the mechanics of the laws around freedom of sexual speech and expression interesting and accessible. Some of his presentations include: “Student Speech and the First Amendment – The Importance of Being Earnest (or at Least Serious),” Campus Freedom Network Conference Keynote, Bryn Mawr, Pa.; “The High Value of Low Speech,” Reason Foundation Weekend, Laguna Niguel, Calif.; “Controlling Speech by Proxy: Free Expression in the Cloud and the Role of Intermediaries,” Copyright Society of the USA Keynote, Santa Fe, N.M.; and “The Kids Are Alright: Violent Media, Free Expression, and the Drive to Regulate,” 2007 Silha Lecture; University of Minnesota – School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 10.01.
Bob Corn-Revere is a lawyer, author, speaker and tireless advocate for freedom of sexual speech and expression.