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August 7, 1990 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
Having made movies about teen killers and punk misfits and two documentaries called "The Decline of Western Civilization," Penelope Spheeris isn't exactly a shrinking-violet filmmaker. Still, after directing a video portrait of 2 Live Crew, she was amazed at how quickly she got caught up in the notorious rappers' mind set. "I know it sounds weird, but the lyrics really stay with you," said Spheeris, who spent a week on the road with the controversial rap outfit last month.
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March 8, 1994 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Supreme Court on Monday gave legal protection to writers, artists and actors who parody the works of others, ruling that a song that copies another work "for comic effect or ridicule" is generally exempt from copyright suits. The 9-0 ruling is a victory for the rap group 2 Live Crew, which five years ago recorded a takeoff of the late Roy Orbison's 1964 pop classic, "Oh, Pretty Woman."
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June 11, 1990 | STEVE HOCHMAN
Two members of the rap group 2 Live Crew were arrested early Sunday morning after an X-rated, adults-only performance in Hollywood, Fla., in the latest legal move against the group on grounds of obscenity. Group leader and producer Luther Campbell, 29, and Chris Won Wong, 21, were stopped by Broward County sheriff's deputies shortly after leaving the Futura Club about 3 a.m.
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July 2, 1992 | CHUCK PHILIPS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Omaha officials have dropped obscenity charges against two record retail chains after they agreed to stop selling sexually explicit albums by Miami rap group 2 Live Crew to minors. The controversial case was dismissed late Tuesday after representatives for Trans World Music Corp.
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October 18, 1990 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
At times straining to hear, jurors began listening Wednesday to a raspy, 45-minute tape of a 2 Live Crew concert, the major piece of evidence in the prosecution's efforts to convict the Miami rap group on obscenity charges. The tape, made by vice squad detective Eugene McCloud with a microcassette recorder in his shirt pocket, was played in segments so McCloud could interpret the shouted lyrics and comments and describe crowd reaction to the jury.
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May 14, 1990 | STEVE HOCHMAN
Charging that the music industry has failed to come to his support, rap entrepreneur Luther Campbell, leader of the controversial group 2 Live Crew, called Saturday in Los Angeles for major record companies to boycott stores that refuse to carry his records.
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July 3, 1990 | CHUCK PHILIPS
A Los Angeles federal judge has sent a letter to film director George Lucas' attorneys, asking Lucasfilm Ltd. to file a contempt proceeding against Luther Campbell, leader of the controversial rap group 2 Live Crew.q In the letter, U.S. District Court Judge James Ideman charged that Campbell may have violated the judge's May 9 order barring the rapper from using the name Luke Skywalker, a licensed trademark owned by Lucas.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 10, 1990 | CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Obscenity charges against the 142-store Sound Warehouse chain were dropped Thursday in Dallas after the corporation agreed not to restock 2 Live Crew's "As Nasty as They Wanna Be" album. Terry Worrell, president of Sound Warehouse--the first chain ever to be cited at the corporate level for distributing obscene music--said he was relieved that the prosecution was over.
NEWS
October 17, 1990 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A prosecutor warned a jury of four women and two men Tuesday that they would hear "graphic depictions of sexual conduct . . . violent sex acts, and women being abused . . . " during the landmark obscenity trial of the controversial rap group 2 Live Crew. The attorney for band leader Luther Campbell countered that "certainly (the songs) are sexually related, but sex is not verboten in this country. This is not about offending people. This is about a legal test."
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August 2, 1990 | CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sales of 2 Live Crew leader Luther Campbell's sexually explicit "Banned in the U.S.A." solo album are reported "brisk" at many retail outlets across the nation, but don't expect to purchase a copy at Sam Goody's in Southern California. Based in Burbank, the 164-store chain is the only major retailer in the state to ban the sale of the album.
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May 9, 1992 | CHUCK PHILIPS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Despite a U.S. appellate court reversal of a 1990 Florida ruling that had declared a 2 Live Crew rap album obscene, Omaha officials vowed Friday to press forward with their own pornography trial involving the group's music.
NEWS
May 8, 1992 | CHUCK PHILIPS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta on Thursday overturned a 1990 federal ruling that declared obscene a sexually explicit album by the Miami rap group 2 Live Crew. According to the appellate court, no evidence was presented in the June, 1990, Ft. Lauderdale trial to prove that the group's controversial "As Nasty as They Wanna Be" album is without serious artistic value, an obscenity definition previously adopted by the U.S. Supreme Court.
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April 23, 1992 | CHUCK PHILIPS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Obscenity charges were filed Wednesday in Omaha, Neb., against two of the nation's largest record retail chains for selling albums by Miami rap group 2 Live Crew to minors. A total of six criminal counts were filed against Musicland and Trans World Music Corp., as well as an Omaha retailer, after store employees allegedly sold copies of the group's "Sports Weekend" album to underage customers. The record carries a music industry label that says "Parental Advisory Explicit Lyrics."
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March 9, 1991 | CHUCK PHILIPS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Cincinnati rap concert targeted by police for possible obscenity prosecution was canceled late Thursday by the arena manager because of insufficient insurance coverage. John Nath, vice president and general manager of the Cincinnati Riverfront Coliseum, blamed the promoter's failure to meet insurance requirements, not pressure from the police, for the cancellation of "Rap Jam '91," scheduled for tonight.
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December 13, 1990 | CHUCK PHILIPS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The first record store owner in the nation ever to be convicted of selling obscene music was fined $1,000 by a Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., judge Wednesday. E.C Records store owner Charles Freeman was ordered to pay the fine to a local elementary school for artistically gifted students. Freeman, who could have been sentenced to a maximum penalty of one year in jail under Florida obscenity code, reacted angrily to the ruling and vowed to appeal the decision.
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December 11, 1990 | CHUCK PHILIPS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Texas judge unexpectedly dismissed obscenity charges on Monday against a San Antonio record store owner and chastised prosecutors in the case over an album by rappers 2 Live Crew. "It's beyond me that it would take six months to determine this is not a prosecutable case," Bexar County Court-at-Law Judge Tony Jimenez told assistant district attorneys, who requested that the charges against retailer Dave Risher, 36, be dropped. The dismissal came only hours before jury selection was to begin.
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June 18, 1990 | CHUCK PHILIPS
He wears a Batman watch. He drinks from a Batman mug. A large poster of the Caped Crusader is taped to his refrigerator door. "Batman is just a metaphor I use to explain why what I've done has been received so well by some people," says Jack Thompson, the real-life crusading attorney who instigated the campaign that resulted in rap group 2 Live Crew's "As Nasty as They Wanna Be" album being declared obscene by a federal judge. (See related article, Page 4.
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June 18, 1990 | ALLAN PARACHINI and DENNIS McDOUGAL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A confluence of seemingly separate events--the Florida obscenity imbroglio over the rap group2 Live Crew and the Washington meltdown of the National Endowment for the Arts--has intensified concern in the arts community over far broader threats to freedom of expression. It is--and always has been--a mistake, so this thinking concludes, to perceive the 2 Live Crew and NEA crises as unrelated entities.
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December 10, 1990 | CHUCK PHILIPS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The pop music obscenity battle moves from Florida to Texas today with jury selection scheduled to begin in the Bexar County trial of Hogwild Records store owner Dave Risher. Risher was charged with violating Texas obscenity penal codes on June 28 after he sold a copy of 2 Live Crew's raunchy rap record "As Nasty as They Wanna Be" to the 20-year-old son of San Antonio's leading anti-pornography crusader.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1990 | MARCIDA DODSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About 75 protesters demonstrated outside a concert by 2 Live Crew on Friday night, led by a coalition of religious and lay leaders who said they were outraged that city officials would allow a group to perform "obscene" lyrics that promote lewd and violent sexual acts. The protesters lined the sidewalk outside the Celebrity Theatre, chastising concert-goers and waving signs that read, "Stop America's slide into the sewer," at cars approaching the theater parking lot.
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