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UK Prosecution Spotlights Dangers For Manga Readers

October 29, 2014
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UK Prosecution Spotlights Dangers For Manga Readers

Last week, we reported on a disturbing case in the UK, where Robul Hoque, a 39-year-old UK citizen was convicted of possession of child pornography as a result of owning manga-style images and anime. On its face, a successful child pornography prosecution should be praised, but in this case, the man who was arrested and given…

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UK Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Illegal Manga

October 22, 2014
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UK Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Illegal Manga

A UK man last week pleaded guilty to 10 counts of possessing illegal manga and anime, a first since manga was added to the country’s child pornography laws in 2010. Robul Hoque of South Bank, Middlesbrough was sentenced to nine months in prison, but the sentence was suspended as long as he does not break…

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Google’s Crime Tip Raises Privacy Concerns

August 22, 2014
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Google’s Crime Tip Raises Privacy Concerns

“Hey did you read that email I sent you?” “Nope, but I bet Google did.” For those who think Google can do anything, it turns out you may be on to something. A tip from Google led to the arrest of a man from Texas named John Henry Skillern. He was arrested by local police for possession…

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On the Border of Fourth Amendment Rights

August 15, 2014
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On the Border of Fourth Amendment Rights

As evidenced by the Ryan Matheson case, one of the risks we face as comics fans is the search and seizure of electronic devices such as cell phones and laptops when we cross international borders. Two recent decisions in Riley v. California and United States v. Wurie seemed to offer some hope that our cell…

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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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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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