Posts Tagged ‘ censorship ’

Copyright as Censorship? A Look at the Early History of Copyright

October 31, 2014
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Copyright as Censorship? The Early History of the Publishing Backbone

Fun fact: The concept of “copyright” was not originally created to protect creators’ rights to their content. Nor were early copyright laws implemented to propagate a free and healthy publishing industry meant to encourage new content to be produced. Rather, as the newest episode in Copy-me‘s webseries (Ep. 3: Early Copyright History) points outs, “copyright…

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CBLDF Protests Proposed Flagging and Rating System in Dallas School System

October 13, 2014
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CBLDF Protests Proposed Flagging and Rating System in Dallas School System

CBLDF has joined a coalition led by the CBLDF-sponsored Kids’ Right to Read Project in sending a letter to the Highland Park Independent School District in Dallas, Texas. CBLDF joins KRRP in advance of the district’s next school board meeting, during which trustees will likely examine the school system’s book challenge policy. CBLDF joins coalition…

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Facing Off in Jefferson County

October 10, 2014
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Facing Off in Jefferson County

Jefferson County, Colorado, has found itself the unlikely center of a debate over censorship and academic freedom, a fight characterized by some expected — and not so expected — players. On one side, we have a retired history teacher. On the other, we have a vocal group of parents. The sides they picked may come…

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High School Students Show Increased Concern Over First Amendment Rights According To National Poll

September 19, 2014
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High School Students Show Increased Concern Over First Amendment Rights According To National Poll

According to a national poll, this year marked an important shift in how our nation’s youth views the freedom of speech. For the first time since the poll’s inception, the results indicate that American high school students value the protections granted by the First Amendment more than adults. It is unclear whether this is a…

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Watch the Google+ Hangout Featuring Cory Doctorow!

June 20, 2014
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Watch the Google+ Hangout Featuring Cory Doctorow!

Yesterday, free speech lovers around the country got to join Cory Doctorow, author of the novel Little Brother, for a Google+ Hangout on Air discussing the importance of fighting censorship and the value of Banned Books Week. CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein moderated the lively discussion. Nanette Perez, Program Officer of the American Library Association’s…

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Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn: 129 Years of Rabble Rousing

February 18, 2014
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Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn: 129 Years of Rabble Rousing

Since its first American publication on February 18, 1885, Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has been the subject of praise and controversy. Following the adventures of Tom Sawyer’s lively comrade Huck Finn, the novel is among the first to be written in vernacular English common to the Antebellum South, language that contributed to…

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Community Divided Over The House of the Spirits as Final Banning Decision Draws Near

February 13, 2014
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Community Divided Over The House of the Spirits as Final Banning Decision Draws Near

Back in November, CBLDF co-signed a letter defending Isabel Allende’s The House of the Spirits after an outraged parent filed complains against the book being taught in her son’s honors English class. After months of review, the Watauga county school board held a meeting Monday evening to debate the future of the book in the…

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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian (Again)

February 12, 2014
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CBLDF Joins Coalition Defending The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian (Again)

It’s a miracle if a week goes by without a challenge to Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Unfortunately, the novel has been challenged once again, this time in Sweet Home, Oregon. CBLDF has joined the CBLDF-sponsored Kid’s Right to Read Project in defending the novel, whose fate will be decided…

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