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Supreme Court Says No to Warrantless Cellphone Searches by Police

June 27, 2014
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Supreme Court Says No to Warrantless Cellphone Searches by Police

As you may have heard, this week the Supreme Court unanimously decided that police must obtain a warrant to search the cellphone of someone they arrest. What does this mean for comics fans and professionals? We’re glad you asked! First, a little background on the ruling. In two cases – Riley v. California and United States…

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ALA Report Shows Internet Filtering Curtails Free Speech

June 20, 2014
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ALA Report Shows Internet Filtering Curtails Free Speech

In a few days we will mark the 11th anniversary since the Supreme Court decided in United States v. American Library Association that filtering of Internet access on school and library computers does not infringe on free speech rights. The case resulted from ALA’s challenge to the Children’s Internet Protection Act of 2000, which requires…

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Supreme Court Delivers Unanimous Decision in Key Free Speech Victory

June 18, 2014
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Supreme Court Delivers Unanimous Decision in Key Free Speech Victory

On Monday, the Supreme Court, in a unanimous 9-0 ruling for Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus, upheld the right of people and organizations to preemptively challenge a law that infringes on First Amendment rights. The decision represents a key victory for free speech. The central issue of the case was the right to bring…

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Tokyo Government Declares Imōto Paradise! 2 Manga Unhealthy

May 15, 2014
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Tokyo Government Declares Imōto Paradise! 2 Manga Unhealthy

Under the guise of the revised (and ever more draconian) Youth Healthy Development Ordinance, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government this week declared that the manga Imōto Paradise! 2 was an “unhealthy publication.” Under the ordinance, such materials cannot be sold to individuals under the age of 18 and must be placed in an adults-only section of…

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Bone Named Among 10 Most Banned Books of 2013!

April 14, 2014
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Bone Named Among 10 Most Banned Books of 2013!

Today, the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom posted their annual list of the ten most-challenged books. The 2013 list has many of the “usual suspects” and one not-so-usual suspect: Jeff Smith’s Bone secured the rank of tenth most challenged book of the year for “political viewpoint, racism, violence.” Bone author and CBLDF Board…

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Politician Who Sponsored Law Struck Down by Brown v. EMA Arrested on Corruption Charges

March 27, 2014
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Politician Who Sponsored Law Struck Down by Brown v. EMA Arrested on Corruption Charges

Until recently, most of us here at CBLDF could only claim to know State Senator Leland Yee of California as the man behind the law struck down by the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. EMA. As of this week, however, the world knows Yee as one of the people arrested in a series of…

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Urging SC Senate to Restore Funding to Universities

March 18, 2014
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Urging SC Senate to Restore Funding to Universities

Last week, the South Carolina House of Representatives passed a budget that punitively cut the budgets of two colleges that had incorporated LGBT-themed books into elective reading programs. CBLDF has joined a coalition of free speech advocates to urge the South Carolina Senate to reject the budget cuts. The budget cuts specifically affect two schools:…

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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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Kansas Lawmakers Consider Bill that Would Enable Prosecution of Educators for “Offensive” Material

March 7, 2014
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Kansas Lawmakers Consider Bill that Would Enable Prosecution of Educators for “Offensive” Material

Lawmakers in the Kansas Senate are considering a draconian new bill that would make it easier to prosecute educators and other school officials for using “offensive” materials in classrooms and libraries. Senate Bill 401 was proposed in response to controversy that erupted in January after a teacher put a sex education poster on a classroom…

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Urging Supreme Court to Uphold Right to Bring First Amendment Challenges

March 4, 2014
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Urging Supreme Court to Uphold Right to Bring First Amendment Challenges

This week, a coalition of free speech advocates, media organizations, booksellers, librarians, and publishers — including CBLDF and Dark Horse Comics — submitted an amicus brief (friend-of-the-court brief) in Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus. The brief urges the United States Supreme Court to uphold the right of people and organizations to preemptively challenge a…

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