|Case: Central Hudson
Case citation: Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. v. Public Service Commission, 447 U.S. 557 (1980).
The Public Service Commission of New York ordered utility companies to stop advertising in the winter of 1973 as a result of a shortage of fuel supplies. The rationale was that such advertising would increase energy consumption. Long after the crisis had ebbed, the commission still had the ban in effect. When the commission refused to lift the ban on promotional advertising of utilities, Central Hudson Gas sued. A state court upheld the ban, and later the New York Court of Appeals affirmed the lower court's decision. Central Hudson appealed to the Supreme Court.
Test - The Central Hudson Test:
This test evaluates what qualifies as fair use of someone else's copyrighted work.