National Obscenity Law Center (NOLC)

NOLC was directed by National Center on Sexual Exploitation, formerly Morality In Media 1977-2008.

NOLC Purpose:

  • To furnish to prosecutors objective publications so that they may fairly enforce obscenity laws.
  • To provide governmental agencies, law enforcement, other interested members of the bar, and members of the general public, publications regarding current obscenity laws.
  • To realize and deserve the reputation of being the most authoritative source on obscenity law matters.
  • To serve as an information base for individuals who are doing reasearch on obscenity law.

The National Obscenity Law Center was a privately funded clearinghouse on obscenity law, both civil and criminal. Obscenity opinions were routinely collected between 1977-2008, abstracted and incorporated into a case bank index. The Center also maintained copies of all reported obscenity cases since 1800. NOLC files also include categories of material and information such as legal memoranda, pleadings and motions, jury selection, jury instructions, expert witness bank, articles, statutes and ordinances.

The concept of a national clearinghouse of legal information and materials for prosecutors, governmental agencies and other interested attorneys was a recommendation of the Hill-Link Minority Report of the Presidential Commission on Obscenity and Pornography (often cited by the U.S. Supreme Court). It was tested and proven as a LEAA project from 1973 to 1975 and was continued through private funding until 2008.

The U.S. Justice Department stopped enforcing hardcore pornography (obscenity) laws in 2008. MIM then turned diverted its resources from the Law Center to The War on Illegal Pornography to once again fight for the vigorous enforcement of these laws. Visit The War on Illegal Pornography website here.

The majority of materials collected by NOLC are now contained at Regent University Law School. Please contact 202-393-7245 if you seek to access these. We have included small portions of the Law Center here online.



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