New Law May Stop Courts From Using Song Lyrics As Evidence
A new law that is currently being debated in the New York State Legislature may have a serious change on how music lyrics and other forms of artistic or creative expression are used by police and prosecutors when investigating crimes.
This could potentially change how many crimes are investigated when it comes to people who participate in the arts.
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According to New York State Senate Bill S7527 / A8681, the New York State law enforcement would be limited in their ability to use forms of arts ad evidence against them in criminal trials and investigations.
The purpose of this legislation is to protect freedom of speech and artistic expression in New York State. This bill effectuates the enhanced free speech protections provided by the New York State Constitution, ensuring that criminal defendants are tried based upon evidence of criminal conduct, not the provocative nature of their artistic works and tastes.
-Senate Bill S7527 Purpose
Given that various music and other art forms have used potentially questionable words and imagery when being made, this could have a real impact on artists who are accused of crimes and on law enforcement officials who use music and other art forms when doing investigations.