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CBLDF at the Library of Congress

April 16, 2018
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CBLDF at the Library of Congress

Last September, Charles Brownstein, Executive Director of CBLDF, was honored with an invitation to speak at the Library of Congress about the history of comics and the role of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in protecting the intellectual freedom of American readers. The talk was part of an ongoing relationship the Library of Congress…

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ALA’s Banned Book Video | A Call To Activism

April 10, 2018
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American Library Association released a video detailing their annual top ten list of most frequently challenged books. The video starts off with instances of censorship like an illustration of “To Kill a Mockingbird” scrawled on a chalkboard, paired with the narrator saying “imagine having a challenging discussion about a book in your English class then…

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First Amendment Vulnerable After Court Dismisses Video Game Lawsuit

March 30, 2018
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First Amendment Vulnerable After Court Dismisses Video Game Lawsuit

In a case involving the right of publicity, New York’s highest court dismissed Lindsey Lohan’s and Karen Gravano’s lawsuit appeals against Grand Theft Auto V game makers Take Two Interactive. CBLDF filed an amicus brief with other organizations last year urging the court to reject Lohan and Gravano’s arguments on First Amendment grounds, expressing concern…

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Obscene Artist, Mike Diana, Documentary Premieres in NYC

March 30, 2018
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Obscene Artist, Mike Diana, Documentary Premieres in NYC

Saturday, March 31 is the world premiere of Boiled Angels: The Trial of Mike Diana, a documentary about the first artist in the United States to be convicted of obscenity. Diana was first charged with obscenity after an undercover Florida detective posed as an artist to obtain copies of Boiled Angel. In a week-long case…

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ACLU Gets Suspension Erased from Student Activist’s Record

March 27, 2018
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ACLU Gets Suspension Erased from Student Activist’s Record

The ACLU won a partial victory in Nevada when Washoe County School District removed the record of the two-day suspension Noah Christiansen received for cursing at a congressman’s aide over the phone on March 14th. In a five-page response to the ACLU of Nevada, the school district’s counsel cited over 200 years of jurisprudence, that…

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Nevada Congressman Gets Student Suspended For Exercising Free Speech

March 23, 2018
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Nevada Congressman Gets Student Suspended For Exercising Free Speech

Following the National School Walkout on March 14, Noah Christiansen, a 17 year old student at McQueen High School in Reno, NV was given a two-day suspension for calling his congressman and exercising his First Amendment rights, complete with the f-word. The Washington Post covered Christiansen’s exact words in more detail, “I just said, ‘I believe…

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New Banksy Appeals for Artist’s Freedom

March 16, 2018
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New Banksy Appeals for Artist’s Freedom

Well known street artist Banksy, in collaboration with John Tsombikos, put up a mural in the Bowery to bring attention to the unjust imprisonment of Zehra Doğan, a Turkish artist and journalist, who was sentenced to nearly three years in jail for a painting she did. The mural, which went up Thursday, March 15, relies…

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Colombian Cartoonist Sued Over Political Pig

March 15, 2018
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Colombian Cartoonist Sued Over Political Pig

Cèsar Gonzàlez, a political cartoonist who goes by “Matador”, and El Tiempo, a newspaper in Colombia, are being sued by Attorney Josè Reyes Villamizar for a cartoon depicting presidential candidate Ivàn Duque as a pig. Villamizar alleges the cartoon infringes on the candidate’s right to a good name and is offensive. ”I do not think…

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CBLDF DEFENDER Vol. 3 #1 Now Available!

March 14, 2018
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CBLDF Defender comes to you from the frontlines of censorship! In the first issue of 2018, CBLDF talks to Eisner winning colorist and advocate Jordie Bellaire (Redlands, Pretty Deadly, Injection) and Japanese mangaka Takeshi Nogami (Girls und Panzer)!  CBLDF Defender Vol. 3 #1 features cover by Declan Shalvey from Warren Ellis’s Injection, which Bellaire colors. In the issue, we look at the ongoing prosecutions of international…

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Students – Know Your Rights!

March 1, 2018
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National Coalition Against Censorship has published a shareable guide to First Amendment rights for student protesters. The resource explains what parts of the students’ rights of assembly and speech are protected under the First Amendment, and what actions can be risky or get a protest legally shut down. The NCAC designed the guide so that…

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