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Obscenity Case Files: Roth v. United States

July 25, 2013
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Obscenity Case Files: Roth v. United States

It may come as a surprise, but the freedom of speech laid out by the First Amendment doesn’t actually include all forms of speech. Roth v. United States is a landmark case that held that obscene speech was a category that did not fall under the umbrella of First Amendment protection. This case also clumsily…

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Obscenity Case Files: Miller v. California

July 3, 2013
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Obscenity Case Files: Miller v. California

The First Amendment guarantees our right to free speech, but there are certain types of speech that fall outside of its protection. Obscenity is a type of unprotected speech, but what exactly is considered obscene in the eyes of the law? Courts have struggled to sort out this murky definition, and the landmark 1973 decision…

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Tales From the Code: You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling

February 14, 2013
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Tales From the Code: You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling

It’s Valentine’s Day, so love is in the air. What better time to talk about the history of romance comics? After the war, when the sales of the superhero and crime comics began to wane, romance comics filled the gap. Soon, the market was filled with hundred of “love” titles. Of course, it didn’t take long for this…

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Ryan Matheson’s True Story of Defending Manga – In His Own Words

October 26, 2012
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Manga is changing the world, with an expanding culture of fandom across the globe. While growing in popularity, the medium is also one of the most misunderstood, leading to criminal prosecutions in the United States, Canada, Japan, and elsewhere. On October 14, CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein presented “Defending Manga,” a NYCC panel that presented…

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A History of Censorship, NYCC Edition — CBLDF Defends Manga

October 22, 2012
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A History of Censorship, NYCC Edition — CBLDF Defends Manga

Manga is changing the world, with an expanding culture of fandom across the globe. While growing in popularity, the medium is also one of the most misunderstood, leading to criminal prosecutions in the United States, Canada, Japan, and elsewhere. On October 14, CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein presented “Defending Manga,” a NYCC panel that presented…

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Nudity a Frequent Target for Book Challenges

October 5, 2012
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Nudity a Frequent Target for Book Challenges

A frequent cause for the contention when it comes to comic books and graphic novels has been the age-old, yet incorrect, idea that all comics are for children. In this light, it is not hard to discern why books featuring even brief glimpses of nudity have been challenged, including Maurice Sendak’s In the Night Kitchen,…

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History of Comics Censorship, Part 5

September 2, 2012
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History of Comics Censorship, Part 5

Below is a web-friendly version of the CBLDF presentation on the history of comics censorship, which has been delivered to audiences of scholars, lawyers, advocates and readers in the United States. Please contact CBLDF about bringing this presentation to your group. Scorched Earth: How Oklahoma City Destroyed Planet Comics Being a defendant in the legal…

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Case Study: In The Night Kitchen

August 29, 2012
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Case Study: In The Night Kitchen

Maurice Sendak’s books have been frequently challenged in libraries, in particular his children’s book In the Night Kitchen, an award-winning book that features a young boy’s dream journey through a baker’s kitchen. The book upset many librarians and adults because its young protagonist, Mickey, was depicted in the nude. Many librarians censored the book by…

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Comics Code Revision of 1971

August 26, 2012
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CODE OF THE COMICS MAGAZINE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, INC. This seal of approval appears only on comics magazines which have been carefully reviewed, prior to publication, by the Comics Code Authority, and found to have met the high standards of morality and decency required by the code. Preamble The comics magazine, or as it is…

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A History of Censorship: Richard Felton Outcalt and The Yellow Kid

July 4, 2012
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A History of Censorship: Richard Felton Outcalt and The Yellow Kid

Many people know about the great comic book scare in the late ’40s and early ’50s. You know the one that started with individuals like Dr. Fredric Wertham and Senator Robert C. Hendrickson and ended with the creation of the now defunct Comics Code Authority. But what many people aren’t aware of is that comics…

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