Md. city's noise ordinance draws lawsuit from ACLU

The American Civil Liberties Union is representing a violinist in a lawsuit against Ocean City, Md., that alleges a noise ordinance violates the musician's First Amendment rights to free speech and artistic endeavors. The violinist says the ordinance, which prohibits music that can be heard from 30 feet away from being played on the boardwalk, has forced him to perform "in less lucrative settings" than the boardwalk, which had brought in as much as $25,000 per summer in tips from passers-by.

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