Court: FCC Can't Fine for 'NYPD Blue' Nude Shot

LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 20: The cast of 'NYPD Blue', (L-R) Jacqueline Obradors, Dennis Franz, Currie Graham, Bonnie Somerville, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Henry Simmons, Gordan Clapp and Bill Brochtrup pose for a portrait on the Twentieth Century Fox lot on January 20, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. The series aired it's final episode on March 1, 2005. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK - A federal appeals court says the Federal Communications Commission cannot fine broadcasters for showing a woman's nude buttocks on a 2003 episode of "NYPD Blue."

The 2nd U.S. Court of Appeals in Manhattan decided Tuesday to strike down a $27,500 penalty that the FCC imposed on ABC and each of its affiliate stations.

The image was broadcast on the police show for less than seven seconds in February 2003.

The appeals court pointed out that TV stations are not fined for fleeting, unscripted profanities uttered during live broadcasts. It says the same should apply to the buttocks image.