Documenting the chill

This post was written by Friday guest blogger Annie Reid.

If you’ve ever been concerned about copyright law and internet fair use, or been concerned about satirical or critical content you’ve posted, you should check out the the Chilling Effects Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse is a joint project of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, University of San Francisco, University of Maine, George Washington School of Law, and Santa Clara University School of Law clinics:

Chilling Effects aims to help you understand the protections that the First Amendment and intellectual property laws give to your online activities. We are excited about the new opportunities the Internet offers individuals to express their views, parody politicians, celebrate their favorite movie stars, or criticize businesses. But we’ve noticed that not everyone feels the same way. Anecdotal evidence suggests that some individuals and corporations are using intellectual property and other laws to silence other online users. Chilling Effects encourages respect for intellectual property law, while frowning on its misuse to “chill” legitimate activity.

Also, they’re asking for your cease and desist letters to help document chilling trends towards fan fiction, corporate parody, and anonymous free speech.


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