Your Amazon Purchases Can Benefit CBLDF!

Do you have an Amazon habit? Now your purchases from the retail giant can benefit CBLDF! We’re now part of AmazonSmile, a program that gives 0.5% of the purchase price for items you’d buy anyway to eligible charities like CBLDF. To send funds our way, all...

Fight for the Freedom to Read with CBLDF in 2014!

Roll up your sleeves! Join the fight! Joining the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund puts you on the front line of the fight against censorship! Your membership dollars provide the tools to fight back when comic book readers, retailers, and artists are muzzled, censored, or attacked!...

Defending Manga: The Ryan Matheson Story

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release Defending Manga: The Ryan Matheson Story, a short documentary video recounting the young American citzen’s fight for justice after being wrongfully accused of criminal activity because of fantasy and humor manga on his laptop computer.  Th ...

Celebrate the Freedom to Read With CBLDF’s New Banned Books Week Handbook!

Today, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release its first-ever Banned Books Week Handbook! Boasting a cover by Jeff Smith, whose Bone series is one of America’s most frequently challenged books, the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook is a free resource that gives you the...

CBLDF Releases Working With Libraries! A Handbook For Comics Creators

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release Working With Libraries! A Handbook For Comics Creators, featuring an introduction by Jeff Smith, and written by Eva Volin (Supervising Librarian, Children’s Services, Alameda Free Library, Alameda, CA), Katherine Keller (Sequential Tart, UN ...

CBLDF Protects The First Amendment!

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the First Amendment rights of the comics medium. Our work takes us into courtrooms, classrooms, conventions and libraries all over the United States where we provide legal aid, education, and advocacy to protect th ...

A Greater Force for Good: CBLDF Annual Report 2013

With the holiday giving season upon us and the year drawing to a close, CBLDF is proud to share our accomplishments protecting the freedom to read comics with our 2013 Annual Report! Please consider making a donation to CBLDF today to support...

UPDATED: Persepolis Reportedly Banned In Chicago School

March 15, 2013
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UPDATED: Persepolis Reportedly Banned In Chicago School

UPDATE: Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has responded to reports that Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis has been banned from Lane Tech College Prep and other Chicago-area schools. Byrd-Bennett stated that the book is not appropriate for seventh graders — an age group in whose curriculum CPS previously included...

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Jaime Hernandez Personalizes Exclusive Print For CBLDF Members — Limited Time!

March 15, 2013
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Jaime Hernandez Personalizes Exclusive Print For CBLDF Members — Limited Time!

Jaime Hernandez, the legendary co-creator of Love & Rockets, takes the next step in CBLDF’s 2013 membership program by personalizing an exclusive letterpress print of his Lady Liberty mascot to members who join CBLDF by March 31! This gorgeous letterpress print is available in a very...

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Get on Board THE MASSIVE With a Brian Wood Virtual Signing!

March 15, 2013
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Get on Board THE MASSIVE With a Brian Wood Virtual Signing!

March 20th marks the launch of The Massive Volume 1, from Dark Horse Comics and New York Times best-selling author Brian Wood. To commemorate this release, Mr. Wood will be doing a virtual signing with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund from now until March 31st! What...

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Columnist Endorses Censorship After Zombie Binge

March 14, 2013
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Columnist Endorses Censorship After Zombie Binge

Steven J. Moss writes for The Potrero View, a tiny independent community publication that has seen distribution in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 40 years. As with any news and opinion publication, it enjoys the protection of the First Amendment. This makes Moss’s...

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Ninth Circuit Limits Search of Electronic Devices at U.S. Borders

March 13, 2013
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Ninth Circuit Limits Search of Electronic Devices at U.S. Borders

Due to concerns over national security, government agents at the United States border have traditionally had greater leeway in regards to an individual’s Fourth Amendment rights, but recently there have been growing concerns that such leeway has been stretched to...

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Paris Museum Runs Afoul of Facebook Content Policies

March 13, 2013
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Paris Museum Runs Afoul of Facebook Content Policies

French museum Jeu de Paume found itself the latest example of artistic institutions shut down by Facebook content policies for the photographic presence of that most dastardly body part, the female nipple. According to Gizmodo, the artwork, by early 20th...

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The Beginning of the End for Australian Comics Censorship

March 12, 2013
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The Beginning of the End for Australian Comics Censorship

Regular CBLDF readers probably recall Joe Sergi’s post from last year about the birth of official comics censorship in Australia, where the gruesome crimes of Lone Avenger creator Len Lawson cast a pall over the entire industry for decades. Now Australian comics blogger...

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ComiscPRO Auction Ends Today!

March 12, 2013
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Bid now on some spectacular limited edition ComicsPRO comic books! These variant edition comic books — including hit titles like Nowhere Men, Nova, The Sixth Gun, The Black Beetle, and more — are given exclusively to members of the Comics Professional Retail Organization, which means these books are produced in extremely limited quantities. You can…

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Court Upholds Law that Led to Tucson Book Ban

March 11, 2013
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The Huffington Post reports that a federal court judge has upheld most of the provisions Arizona’s HB 2281, “a law banning courses that promote the overthrow of the U.S. government, foster racial resentment, are designed for students of a particular ethnic group or that advocate ethnic solidarity.” The law led to the dissolution of Tucson’s...

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Bob Corn-Revere Wins First Amendment Victory for Photographer

March 8, 2013
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Bob Corn-Revere Wins First Amendment Victory for Photographer

Bob Corn-Revere — renown First Amendment defender and CBLDF’s general counsel — scored a victory for free speech this week in the case of photojournalist Mannie Garcia, who was arrested by authorities in Maryland after taking photos of police officers arresting two Hispanic men on a public street. The U.S. Department of Justice has taken...

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Carol Tilley on Her Wertham Research

March 8, 2013
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Carol Tilley on Her Wertham Research

A couple of weeks ago, researcher Carol Tilley proved to the world what many already suspected: anti-comics crusader Fredric Wertham lacked supporting scientific evidence for his conclusions and even fabricated some of his data. This week, Tilley wrote an eloquent article that reveals how she came to research Wertham and her own reservations about...

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Limited Edition ComicsPRO Comics Up for Bid!

March 7, 2013
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The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is fresh off our trip to Comics PRO (where we raised $20,000 in our live auction!), and we’re now auctioning some spectacular limited edition ComicsPRO comic books to our supporters! These variant edition comic books — including hit titles like Nowhere Men, Nova, The Sixth Gun, The Black Beetle,...

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Federal Judge Rules That Missouri Library Cannot Block Pagan Websites

March 7, 2013
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Early last year, the ACLU of Eastern Missouri filed a lawsuit charging the Salem Public Library with unconstitutional censorship for blocking internet access to information about minority religions in a case that called on the protections afforded to both religion and speech by the First Amendment. This week, a federal judge ruled that the practice...

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Obscenity Case Files: The Miracle Decision

March 6, 2013
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Obscenity Case Files: The Miracle Decision

Before 1952, movies were not provided and protection from censorship under the Constitution. Things changed in 1952 thanks to Roberto Rossellini, Federico Fellini, and an amorous interlude between a wanderer named Saint Joseph and a disturbed peasant who believes herself to be the Virgin Mary. In the landmark...

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NJ Library Censors All Video Games

March 6, 2013
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NJ Library Censors All Video Games

Just a month ago, CBLDF joined the National Coalition Against Censorship in signing a letter opposing the banning of certain types of video games in the Paterson Free Public Library in Paterson New Jersey. Instead of banning only first-person shooters, the library has installed stronger computer filters for library patrons under age 12. NCAC...

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