July 13, 2010 at 09:10 PM EDT

An FCC policy that allowed television broadcasters to be fined for airing even a single expletive live was tossed out today by a federal court, the AP reports. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled that the 2004 policy “effectively chills speech, because broadcasters have no way of knowing what the FCC will find offensive.” The policy originated after Bono of U2 said “f—ing brilliant” on NBC during the live broadcast of the Golden Globes in 2003.

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