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Know Your Rights with CBLDF’s Newest Resource!

November 12, 2019
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 Know Your Rights  with CBLDF’s Newest Resource!

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund says students and teachers should “Know Your Rights” with this brand new, free printable resource of essential Supreme Court cases about student rights. Designed for easy printing, sharing and posting in classrooms, “Know Your Rights” is a great tool to spark classroom discussions and to provide at a glance guidance…

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Daring Works, Community Standards, and Obscenity – A Legal Perspective

March 11, 2019
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Daring Works, Community Standards, and Obscenity – A Legal Perspective

Editorial Note: This article originally appeared on CreatorLaw.com. Due the complex nature of obscenity laws, we thought it would be interesting for CBLDF readers to get further insight into what these standards mean. To understand how the complexity can be easily misunderstood, even by those that write legislation, check out a CBLDF.org article about a…

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50 Years After Tinker, Erosion is Evident

March 1, 2019
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50 Years After Tinker, Erosion is Evident

In recent months, free speech within schools has come to the forefront as districts abandoned their own policies for reviewing educational materials; efforts to ban books have increased; and, in one instance, a student was arrested after refusing to recite the pledge of allegiance in class. February marked the 50th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Tinker…

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Supreme Court Rejects Petition from Prison Legal News

January 9, 2019
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Supreme Court Rejects Petition from Prison Legal News

On Monday, January 7th the Supreme Court rejected a First Amendment dispute over the Florida Department of Corrections statewide ban of Prison Legal News (PLN), a magazine distributed monthly by Human Rights Defense Center. The ban has been in place since 2009, and the potential Supreme Court appeal of it had generated support in the…

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The Free Speech Century – Examining the Great American Experiment

January 7, 2019
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The First Amendment, ratified in 1791, is by no means new. But as the recent book The Free Speech Century points out, it was largely uninterpreted until three landmark decisions came down from the Supreme Court in 1919 – marking 2019 the 100th anniversary of the relevance of the First Amendment. And when considering all…

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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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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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Five Years After Brown v. EMA, Debate on Video Games Still Evolving

June 17, 2016
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Five Years After Brown v. EMA, Debate on Video Games Still Evolving

Five years ago this month, the Supreme Court decided in Brown v. EMA that a California law banning the sale of violent video games to minors was unconstitutional. Like every relatively new medium before them — comics in the 1950s, film in the 1930s — video games are still in the midst of an emergence…

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Indian Supreme Court Strikes Down Internet Censorship Law

April 23, 2015
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In late March, free speech scored a victory overseas when the Indian Supreme Court officials annulled Section 66A of the Information Technology (IT) Act, 2008, ensuring greater freedom of expression for Indian citizens in online communications. Section 66A not only grossly violated citizens’ ability to access and distribute information on the internet, but its subjective…

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Supreme Court Says No to Warrantless Cellphone Searches by Police

June 27, 2014
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Supreme Court Says No to Warrantless Cellphone Searches by Police

As you may have heard, this week the Supreme Court unanimously decided that police must obtain a warrant to search the cellphone of someone they arrest. What does this mean for comics fans and professionals? We’re glad you asked! First, a little background on the ruling. In two cases – Riley v. California and United States…

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