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  1. Yelp: Court Ruling on Anonymous Customer Reviews 'Could Have a Chilling Effect on Free Speech'

    Other courts and other states have shown support for citizens' First Amendment right to speak anonymously. This ruling could have a chilling effect on free speech in Virginia specifically and Yelp will continue to fight to protect consumers...

  2. Google Not Responsible for Policing YouTube Content: French Court

    Google recently commissioned a top first amendment rights academic to make their case that they are a media outlet, much like the New York Times, and are therefore protected by freedom of speech law. However, the French judgment takes the onus off...

  3. Google Commissioned Report Aims to Protect Search Engine Free Speech Rights

    From the outset, its purpose is clear: in drawing comparisons to newspapers and other media outlets, scholar Eugene Volokh makes the case against government intervention in search results with a compelling argument to protect the search giant’s...

  4. SOPA Explained: Why It’s Bad for the Web & How to #StopSOPA

    One of the changes in the amendment, for example, cut out the proposed ability to cut off a website at the DNS level after a notice of infringement, a clause that detractors said offered no due process for those wrongly accused.

  5. Real Names: Google+, Government & The Identity Ecosystem

    It thus exemplifies the purpose behind the Bill of Rights, and of the First Amendment in particular: to protect unpopular individuals from retaliation—and their ideas from suppression—at the hand of an intolerant society.

  6. Senator Kohl Hops on the Google Antitrust Gravy Train

    Opinions are protected under the First Amendment, just as Google has the right to accept or deny any advertising. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.head of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights, has announced that...

  7. Homeland Security Wants Internet Kill Switch

    Wired pointed out that despite assurances in a congressional white paper that the "proposal prohibits the government from targeting websites for censorship "based solely on activities protected by the First Amendment of the United States...

  8. Adult Films Vivid Asks Google, Yahoo to Protect Kids

    This is not about First Amendment rights, it is about protecting children," according to Mr. Vivid CEO Steven Hirsch, speaking at Yale University, will call on Google and Yahoo to take measures to keep explicit material from children, according to...

  9. Search Records Requests under Patriot Act Ruled Unconstitutional

    Marrero said the non disclosure provisions for NSL recipients violated their First Amendment rights (freedom of speech). This is not the first challenge to the broad provisions of the Patriot Act. Yesterday controversial elements of the Patriot Act...

  10. Google Makes Scientology Infringement Demand Public

    Chilling Effects aims to help you understand the protections that the First Amendment and intellectual property laws give to your online activities. Google provided a copy of the letter from law firm Moxon & Kobrin to online rights watchdog...