On January 1, 2016, The Institute Of Contemporary History

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On January 1, 2016, the Institute of Contemporary History in Munich announced that it would publish a new edition of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf after the expiry of the maximum copyright duration. This decision from the institute caught many people by surprise, considering that the largely anti-Semitic book was banned after the Second World War (BBC). Ironically, many scholars welcomed this move, stating that it could help humanity understand the intricacies of the Nazi regime. Some Jewish groups reacted in the same manner, auguring that it would shed more light on the Holocaust. However, despite the existence of several copies of the book, government officials were reluctant to have the book declared “open access,” fearing that it could…show more content…
Pico, 457 U.S. 853 (also called The Island Trees Union Free School District vs. Pico). In this case, the Court had to rule whether the decision of the Board of Education at the Island Trees Union Free School District had acted in violation of the Constitution by censoring some books they considered inappropriate. They disputed eleven publications that were considered offensive for having content the school named “anti-Semitic,” “anti-Christian,” “anti-American,” and “filthy” (Legal Information Institute). In his ruling, Justice Brennan stated that students had the right to read whatever they wanted because joining a school did not amount to a legal curtailment of their constitutional rights. Justice Blackmun concurred with Brennan’s sentiments stating that it would be a curtailment of the First Amendment if school administrators were allowed to pull off books from libraries simply because they were opposed to the ideas in them. Some of the more recent publications that are censored in the United States include Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants, Looking for Alaska by John Green, The Bluest Eyes by Toni Morrison, and E. L. James’s now famous Fifty Shades of Grey. Most of these books are under censorship due to the moral implications of their content. It seems that any book that contains explicit sexual description or any other unethical conduct such as drug use may be restricted from general circulation. With regards to education, the popular view among

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