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Ithaca Student Newspaper Lawsuit Dismissed After Decade Long Battle

November 21, 2014
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Recently, an almost decade long legal battle over censorship of a school newspaper came to disappointing end. Eight years ago, the editorial staff of Ithaca High School’s student newspaper, The Tattler, brought a censorship suit against the school district. The grounds for bringing the suit were that the publication guidelines imposed by the school district…

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California Court Dismisses Noriega’s Lawsuit Against Activision

November 7, 2014
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California Court Dismisses Noriega’s Lawsuit Against Activision

The First Amendment saw another victory when a California court dismissed former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega’s lawsuit against Activision. Noriega claimed that Activision’s game Call of Duty: Black Ops II used his name and likeness without his permission, and it subsequently damaged his reputation. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William Fahey ruled that the game’s use…

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Texas High School Reverses Decision To Suspend Books

October 1, 2014
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Texas High School Reverses Decision To Suspend Books

Just last week, we reported an ongoing battle at a Texas high school over the suspension of seven books on its approved reading list. Highland Park High School’s decision to suspend the books for their adult themes was met with backlash from parents, teachers, and students who disagreed with the challenges. Dallas News reports that, as…

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Parents Fight Back as Texas High School Suspends Seven Books

September 24, 2014
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Parents Fight Back as Texas High School Suspends Seven Books

Despite a recent victory in another Texas library, Dallas News reports that Highland Park High School removed seven books that were formerly on its approved reading list. The suspensions occurred as a result of packed school school board meetings, during which some parents came with flagged copies of books to protest, and packed email inboxes,…

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CBLDF Board Member and Bone Creator Jeff Smith on Banned Books Week

September 22, 2014
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CBLDF Board Member and Bone Creator Jeff Smith on Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week has been running for the past 32 years, but this year is the first time it takes special focus on comics and graphic novels. Jeff Smith, CBLDF board member and author of the award-winning — and frequently challenged — series Bone, took time last week to talk to Alison Flood at The Guardian…

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High School Students Show Increased Concern Over First Amendment Rights According To National Poll

September 19, 2014
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High School Students Show Increased Concern Over First Amendment Rights According To National Poll

According to a national poll, this year marked an important shift in how our nation’s youth views the freedom of speech. For the first time since the poll’s inception, the results indicate that American high school students value the protections granted by the First Amendment more than adults. It is unclear whether this is a…

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Striking A Balance Between Intellectual Property Rights and Free Speech

August 14, 2014
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Striking A Balance Between Intellectual Property Rights and Free Speech

With new social media and file sharing websites popping up almost every day, there is an ever-increasing concern with copyright and trademark infringement. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act was introduced in order to help make it easier for these new websites and intellectual property holders to tackle infringement issues. Unfortunately, it seems that more and…

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New Tax Plan Takes Aim at Violent Video Games

March 12, 2014
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New Tax Plan Takes Aim at Violent Video Games

Censorship usually takes the form of the direct suppression of speech, but it seems that U.S. legislators are attempting new means of indirect censorship by using tax reform. Unsurprisingly, violent video games are the scapegoat that the Tax Reform Act of 2014 is attempting to target. While it has been previously held to be unconstitutional…

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$10 Million Plan to Research Video Games and Violence Hasn’t Happened

February 14, 2014
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$10 Million Plan to Research Video Games and Violence Hasn’t Happened

Like comic books in the past, video games have become the nation’s new whipping boy when it comes to finding something to blame for the horrific gun violence that seems to be popping up every few months. Despite loads of existing evidence showing that there is not a link between video games and violence, we…

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The Lost Comics Code of Australia

February 11, 2014
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The Lost Comics Code of Australia

The Comics Code Authority highlights one of the darkest periods of comic book history. As a direct result of criticism from the Senate, the Code was implemented by the comics industry, leading to years of self-censorship in an attempt to eliminate violence, obscenity and other material that was deemed unsuitable “for children.” While we can…

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