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 ...

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...

Facebook and ACLU Challenge the Ruling That “Likes” Are Not Free Speech

August 21, 2012
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What if “liking” a page on Facebook could cost you your job? A judge in Virginia ruled last spring that Facebook “likes” are not protected under the First Amendment. According to U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson, “merely 'liking' a Facebook page is insufficient speech to merit constitutional protection.”

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South African Scuffle Over Controversial Portrait Spurs Debate, Censorship

August 20, 2012
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South African Scuffle Over Controversial Portrait Spurs Debate, Censorship

How far should newspaper editorial go to protect their free speech in the face of business-crippling boycott? What dangerous precedents are set by self-censorship? Ferial Haffajee, editor of the South African City Press, faced these concerns at their most difficult earlier this year, and spoke to University of Cape Town students on the perils...

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This Weekend: Mike & Laura Allred & Chris Roberson Thank CBLDF Members With Signed iZombie vol. 1

August 17, 2012
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This Weekend: Mike & Laura Allred & Chris Roberson Thank CBLDF Members With Signed iZombie vol. 1

This weekend only, CBLDF thanks members who join or renew at the $100 Advocate level with a copy of the trade paperback edition of iZombie volume 1, signed by the full creative team of writer Chris Roberson and artists Mike & Laura Allred! This special weekend only...

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Only Three Days Left in the Amazing August Art Auction!

August 17, 2012
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Only Three Days Left in the Amazing August Art Auction!

Now is your chance to take part in another incredible CBLDF auction! With more than 30 pieces of spectacular art, there is something for every collector! All proceeds going towards our...

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Playwright Stops Production of THREE’S COMPANY Parody Over Copyright Claim

August 17, 2012
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According to reports from The New York Times and Playbill.com, lawyers representing DLT Enterprises — the company that owns the copyright to the television series Three’s Company — have sent playwright David Adjmi a letter demanding he cease putting on productions of 3C and refrain from publishing the play’s script. In its letter, DLT accused...

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“Can’t Censor the People”: Cops and Community Battle Over Mural Wall in New York City

August 16, 2012
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“Can’t Censor the People”: Cops and Community Battle Over Mural Wall in New York City

On July 24th, the New York City Police Department sent two plainclothes cops to paint over a mural that had listed the NYPD alongside multinational corporations and government agencies under the headline, “Murderers.” While artist Alan Ket had permission from the wall’s owners, the NYPD allege that community complaints about the mural led to their...

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Media in Myanmar Opposes New Press Council

August 16, 2012
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Media in Myanmar Opposes New Press Council

Last Friday, after widespread criticism of delays in eliminating its censorship board, the government of Myanmar announced that it was forming an interim council to regulate the press until the new media law is enacted. The 20-member council is comprised of academics, lawyers, and members...

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Egyptian Humor Fuels Revolution

August 15, 2012
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Egyptian Humor Fuels Revolution

As the Arab Spring blossomed in Egypt early last year, people around the world quickly noticed something about the protesters and their signs: they were often funny. But as Satenik Harutyunyan outlines in a recent article for the University of California San Diego online journal Prospect, Egyptians have long employed humor to circumvent...

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Men Arrested in India for E-Mailing Cartoon

August 14, 2012
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When Jadavpur University professor Ambikesh Mahapatra e-mailed a cartoon mocking an Indian politician to friends, he probably didn’t expect to be arrested by local police in a midnight raid. Appallingly, Mahapatra and neighbor Subrata Sengupta were arrested in such a raid in April, and their case comes to trial in September. In response to the...

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Amazing August Art Auction!

August 10, 2012
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Amazing August Art Auction!

Do you love comic art? Did you not have a chance to bid in our Live Auction at San Diego Comic Con International? Well now is your chance to take part in another incredible CBLDF auction! With over 30 pieces of awesome art, there is something for every collector, with all proceeds going towards our…

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Camilla d’Errico Talks About the Censorship of Women’s Bodies in Art

August 10, 2012
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Camilla d’Errico Talks About the Censorship of Women’s Bodies in Art

The latest San Diego Comic Con may have finished, but the discussion concerning women in comics — be they behind the drawing board or in the pages — is far from over. Following the SDCC panel “Censorship at the Female Artist”, in which female panelists talked about their...

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Censors in Myanmar Suspend Two Weekly News Journals

August 9, 2012
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Censors in Myanmar Suspend Two Weekly News Journals

Last week, two weekly publications in Myanmar (Burma), The Voice Weekly and Envoy, were suspended indefinitely for violations of the country’s regulations on news media. The suspensions came as new media laws are drafted that officials claim will lift past censorship regulations. After protests from...

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Comic Spring in the Arab World

August 9, 2012
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Comic Spring in the Arab World

Comic artists and cartoonists in Arab nations and much of the Middle East have been cultivating a new era of cultural, social, and political importance of the media. These artists have been defiant, often risking their lives in the face of harsh censorship as their nations transition to more democratic governments. This comic renaissance has...

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Political Cartoonist Zunar Scores Partial Victory in Malaysian Court

August 6, 2012
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Political Cartoonist Zunar Scores Partial Victory in Malaysian Court

Last week, a Malaysian civil court ruled that the arrest of political cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaqur, also known as Zunar, was lawful but that the seizure of his 66 books and paintings was not. This decision is the latest in a long history of battles...

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Updated Arizona Anti-Harassment Bill Features Improved Free Speech Protection

August 6, 2012
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Heeding concerns of the public and organizations like Media Coalition, of which the CBLDF is a member, the state of Arizona has passed an updated and more precise version of March’s legislation against cyberstalking and cyberharassment. House Bill 2549 was intended to expand existing stalking and harassment laws, written before the advent of online...

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