Join the Fight as a CBLDF Member in 2015!

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! When you become a CBLDF...

Protecting the Right to Read: CBLDF Annual Report 2014

CBLDF’s important work made huge strides in 2014! From leading a comics-focused Banned Books Week and expanding our education program, to fighting the rising tide of censorship in schools and providing legal aid in a wide range of comics-oriented cases, CBLDF’s efforts are more timely than ever. ...

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...

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 ...

Signed Book Day on eBay!

August 19, 2013
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Signed Book Day on eBay!

Auctions for Paul Pope Day and Signed Single Issue Day are still active, but today we’re spotlighting Signed Book Day! Cover Story: The DC Comics Cover Art of Brian Bolland showcases the work of one of the brightest stars to come out of the 1980s’ “British Invasion.” With his razor-sharp line work and quirky,...

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Muslim Cleric Renounces Prior Protest Against Danish Cartoons

August 19, 2013
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Muslim Cleric Renounces Prior Protest Against Danish Cartoons

Seven years after Danish political activist Ahmad Akkari began protesting the caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad featured in Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, he has publicly renounced his former stance and apologized for the affects his protests had. Akkari, a practicing Muslim, acknowledges that he feels his 2006 tour of Muslim countries that lead to protests against...

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Signed Single Issues Day on eBay!

August 16, 2013
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Signed Single Issues Day on eBay!

On Wednesday, we launched Paul Pope Day on eBay, the first in our series of special auctions promoting some of our rarest and most exciting products. Each auction continues for a full week (so there’s still time to bid on Paul Pope goodness!), but today we’re spotlighting SIGNED SINGLE ISSUES! First up is George...

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Youth Voices Important in Fight for Free Speech

August 16, 2013
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Youth Voices Important in Fight for Free Speech

Recent attempts to ban Marjane Satrapi’s Perseoplis and Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower have been met with vocal opposition. Central to these protests are students themselves, and their vociferous protests and savvy with social media helped prevent the removal of these acclaimed books. In the August 2013 edition of The...

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CBLDF’s Comic Market Speech On Manga Freedom

August 15, 2013
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CBLDF’s Comic Market Speech On Manga Freedom

Last weekend, CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein traveled to Tokyo for the Manga Freedom Speaking Tour, a series of presentations and meetings about free expression issues facing manga and how fans in the United States and Japan can band together to protect the rights of the...

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Sen. Feinstein Seeks to Restrict Federal Definition of “Real” Journalism

August 15, 2013
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Sen. Feinstein Seeks to Restrict Federal Definition of “Real” Journalism

Congressional efforts to pass a federal Media Shield Law, which would introduce additional protections for journalists from government interference and surveillance, are being stymied as the U.S. Senate tries to solve a question of definition: Who do we consider “real” journalists? For fear, apparently, of WikiLeaks, Sen....

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Paul Pope Day on eBay!

August 14, 2013
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With their Giving Works initiative, eBay has proven to be a huge help to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund! This week, we’re auctioning some of the coolest products ever seen in the CBLDF office — there’s so much cool stuff here that we can’t contain the auction to one day! Today,...

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Thailand’s Overzealous Censors

August 14, 2013
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Thailand’s Overzealous Censors

Thailand doesn’t skimp when it comes to censorship. According to a recent article by Brian Ashcraft at Kotaku, the country’s scrupulous censorship laws commonly disrupt the dubbed anime that is broadcast on Thai television. Whatever is deemed inappropriate — be it anime or not — has a hefty blur smudged over the offending material. Thai...

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Fans Accuse Warner Brothers of Censorship Over Tom & Jerry Episodes

August 13, 2013
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Fans Accuse Warner Brothers of Censorship Over Tom & Jerry Episodes

A new collection of Tom & Jerry cartoons has fans in an uproar over the exclusion of two episodes that Warner Brothers felt were “inappropriate” due to racially insensitive content. Fans are calling the move censorship. At issue are the episodes “Mouse Cleaning” and “Casanova Cat,” which...

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Author Responds to Attempts to Ban The Perks of Being a Wallflower

August 12, 2013
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Author Responds to Attempts to Ban The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Recently, two attempts have been made to remove Stephen Chbosky’s acclaimed The Perks of Being a Wallflower from schools. This is nothing new for the novel, which has made ALA’s most challenged books list several times. The National Coalition Against Censorship, which includes CBLDF...

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Syria Continues Campaign Against Dissenting Artists

August 9, 2013
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Syria Continues Campaign Against Dissenting Artists

A cartoonist who co-signed a 2011 document calling for the removal of Syrian President Bashir al-Assad and his government was arrested in late July, one more in an ongoing string of arrests, harassment, and disappearances of dissenting Syrian cartoonists. Cartoonists Rights Network International reports: [A]nother Syrian cartoonist, Youssef Abdelke, was arrested on Thursday, 18 July...

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Join CBLDF in the Windy City for Wizard World Chicago!

August 8, 2013
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Join CBLDF in the Windy City for Wizard World Chicago!

While CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein is headed to Japan, CBLDF Deputy Director Alex Cox is headed a bit closer to home this weekend: Wizard World Chicago Comic Con! You’ll find CBLDF at booth #1141 in the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, where we...

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CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein to Visit Tokyo for Manga Freedom Speaking Tour

August 7, 2013
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CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein to Visit Tokyo for Manga Freedom Speaking Tour

This weekend, CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein will literally travel to the other side of the world — to Tokyo, Japan — for a series of lectures and meetings on manga and free expression, hosted by Comic Market (Comiket), Comitia, the Institute for Contents...

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Obscenity Case Files: Memoirs v. Massachusetts

August 7, 2013
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Obscenity Case Files: Memoirs v. Massachusetts

In 1966, eleven years after the decision in Roth v. United States held that obscenity was not protected by the First Amendment and attempted to define obscene speech, came the landmark case of Memoirs v. Massachusetts. This case is about a book, originally published in 1748, that explores the sexual exploits of a...

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CBLDF Joins Amicus Brief Opposing Content-Based Taxation in New York

August 6, 2013
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CBLDF Joins Amicus Brief Opposing Content-Based Taxation in New York

CBLDF and other members of the Media Coalition have joined forces to file an amicus brief to the Supreme Court, asking them to review a lower court’s decision in New Loudon Corp. v. State of N.Y. Tax Appeals Tribunal. The appeals court upheld a decision that...

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