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CBLDF Joins Amicus Brief Supporting Congressional Art Contest Winner

January 9, 2018
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CBLDF Joins Amicus Brief Supporting Congressional Art Contest Winner

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has joined with a diverse group of nonprofits advocating for free expression and the arts in filing an amicus brief with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. The brief is in support of Missouri representative William Clay and David Pulphus, an artist who is Clay’s constituent, appealing the courts…

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CBLDF Joins Amicus Brief in Support of Grand Theft Auto V

January 5, 2018
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CBLDF Joins Amicus Brief in Support of Grand Theft Auto V

On December 27, 2017, CBLDF filed an amicus brief with nine other media organizations, asking the New York Court of Appeals to reject actress Lindsey Lohan’s and former Mob Wives star Karen Gravano’s invitation to expand the state’s right of publicity law by broadening New York Civil Rights Law Section 51. The brief states that…

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“The Band Who Must Not Be Named” Wins Supreme Court Case

June 19, 2017
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“The Band Who Must Not Be Named” Wins Supreme Court Case

Today, the Supreme Court unanimously struck down portions of the Lanham Act, and supported an Asian-American band’s right to an “offensive” trademark. When the activist Asian-American rock band decided on a name that both affirms their racial identity and reclaims a racist term as a way to challenge stereotypes — The Slants — they likely didn’t expect to end…

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Free Speech Arguments Prevail in Tobinick v. Novella

February 16, 2017
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Free Speech Arguments Prevail in Tobinick v. Novella

Free speech prevailed in a case alleging that any speech published on a website with advertising should be treated as “commercial speech,” a category afforded less First Amendment protection. CBLDF and other members of the Media Coalition filed an amicus brief in the case, Tobinick v. Novella, when it was heard before the 11th Circuit Court…

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Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Lee v. Tam

January 20, 2017
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Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Lee v. Tam

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case Lee v. Tam this week, with most justices who spoke evincing at least some skepticism of the federal government’s argument that it may deny trademarks deemed to be “disparaging.” CBLDF last month joined a Cato Institute-led amicus brief in support of the plaintiffs, an Asian American…

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CBLDF Joins Amicus Brief in Support of “The Band Who Must Not Be Named”

December 20, 2016
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CBLDF Joins Amicus Brief in Support of “The Band Who Must Not Be Named”

CBLDF has joined a basket of deplorable people and organizations on a Cato Institute-led amicus brief to the Supreme Court in Lee v. Tam, asking, “Should the government get to decide what’s a slur?” Among the deplorables who joined CBLDF on the brief are satirist P.J. O’Rourke; former ACLU president Nadine Strossen, Flying Dog Brewery (which…

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CBLDF Asks Supreme Court to Reverse Decision Giving Celebrities Veto Power Over Speech

November 6, 2015
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CBLDF Asks Supreme Court to Reverse Decision Giving Celebrities Veto Power Over Speech

This week, CBLDF joined the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Organization for Transformative Works to ask the Supreme Court to overturn a lower court’s decision that gives celebrities veto power over creative works featuring depictions of them and to untangle inconsistencies with how lower courts handle such cases by establishing a consistent standard under the…

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Ninth Circuit Court Finds Constitutional Problems with AZ Law that Censored Mexican American Studies Program

July 17, 2015
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Ninth Circuit Court Finds Constitutional Problems with AZ Law that Censored Mexican American Studies Program

The students and teachers of Tucson’s now defunct Mexican American Studies program have been fighting against the Arizona state law that led to the dissolution of the program. Recently, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion that hopefully puts them one step closer to striking it down. Arce v. Douglas (formerly Arce v.…

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CBLDF Joins Cato Institute Brief Urging US Supreme Court to Protect First Amendment Right to Offend

February 19, 2015
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CBLDF Joins Cato Institute Brief Urging US Supreme Court to Protect First Amendment Right to Offend

This week, CBLDF advocated for the First Amendment right to offensive speech by joining an amicus brief filed in the United States Supreme Court by the Cato Institute and that includes amici P.J. O’Rourke, Nat Hentoff, and Nadine Strossen. The brief filed in Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans addresses whether Texas can deny the…

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