Court backs limiting records

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The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 7-2 decision that could affect direct marketers, suggested states may have the right to limit use of their public records for commercial purposes even if they make the information available more generally to the public. U.S. Reporting Publishing Corp. had challenged a California law allowing access to arrestees' home addresses by journalists, government or private investigators, but barring use by others, such as U.S. Reporting Publishing, for commercial purposes.

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