Hissing Law and Legal Definition

In Common law, hissing is a right given to the audiences of public performances to openly express their opinion of the performance. Almost from time immemorial, it has been the recognized right of an audience to be able to express openly their opinion of the lay and of the performances of the actors. The modes of expression of approval or disapproval may vary according to the circumstances. At English law, this right of the audience is known as the right to applaud or hiss.