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Educate Yourself On The Issues
Free Speech / Anonymous Speech Organizations
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The Internet & Law
Reference Resources
Consumer Organizations
Forbes Magazines Top Hate Sites

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Educate Yourself On The Issues:
Legal Perils and Legal Rights of Internet Speakers (.pdf format)
by Paul Levy, Public Citizen litigation group attorney 
Internet Free Speech
Information, court cases, and news about
internet free speech issues
Public Citizen
 http://cyber.findlaw.com/expression/censorship.html
Findlaw links to related issues
Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers) about Protest, Parody and Criticism Sites
ChillingEffects.org
Free Speech / Anonymous Speech Organizations
 ACLU
Link to ACLU's "Free Speech" section
 

The Center for Democracy and Technology
works to promote democratic values and constitutional liberties in the digital age

 cyberSLAPP.org
founded by a coalition of organizations to protect online anonymous free speech
 Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
working to protect our fundamental rights regardless of technology; to educate the press, policymakers and the general public about civil liberties issues related to technology; and to act as a defender of those liberties.  If you are a Blogger make sure to see the Legal Guide for Bloggers.
 epic.org
Electronic Privacy Information Center
a public interest research center in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, the First Amendment, and constitutional values
 JohnDoes.org
Supporting online anonymity
 

Public Citizen
Supports a varity of online rights issues. Excellent Internet Free Speech information resource section

State Resources
 New York State Residents:
The New York Office of the Attorney General has been actively involved in internet issues, including protecting Free Speech rights.
Website: http://www.oag.state.ny.us
Internet issues: http://www.oag.state.ny.us/internet/internet.html
 National Association of Attorneys General
You should be able to find a link to your State's Attorney General here.
The Internet & Law

Anti-Cybersquatting Act (part of the Lanham Act)30

 The Berkman Center for Internet and Society
a research program founded to explore cyberspace, share in its study, and help pioneer its development, based at Harvard Law School
Fair Use Network
"The Fair Use Network provides information to activists, artists, scholars, and anyone else who has questions about "IP" (intellectual property) law. Our basic purpose is to support fair use and other free expression safeguards within the law, because free expression is essential to creativity, culture, and a healthy democracy."
 Gigalaw.com
"Legal Information for Internet Professionals." Includes a number of articles related to the internet (free speech, hyperlinks, copyright, etc.)
 Greplaw
Greplaw's goal is to create a frequently updated, highly interactive forum for the dissemination and discussion of legal news concerning information technology. Produced by The Berman Center.
 ICANN Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy
 ICANN guidelines for determining bad-faith use of a domain name
World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Overview of WIPO Panel Views on Selected Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) Questions
The Lanham Act (U.S. Code - Trademarks)
 U.S. Code, Title 17 (Copyrights)
Reference Resources
Success By Default:
A New Profile of Domain Name Trademark Disputes Under ICANN's UDRP Policy (.pdf format)

A superb 31-page report by Dr. Milton Mueller, a recognized authority on conflicts involving trademarks and Internet domain names.
 

Media Law Resource Center - MLRC
(was formerly Libel Defense Resource Center - LDRC)
"What is Libel?"
The Libel Defense Resource Center is a non-profit information clearinghouse organized in 1980 by leading media entities to monitor and promote First Amendment rights in libel, privacy, and related fields of law. Does not represent non-members.

Consumer Organizations
 Consumer Action
serve consumers nationwide by advancing consumer rights, referring consumers to complaint-handling agencies, advocating for consumers in the media and before lawmakers, and comparing prices on credit cards, bank accounts, and long distance services
 Consumer Alert
A nationwide, non-profit, non-partisan consumer group committed to protecting consumer choice & promoting economic growth
 National Consumers League
a private, nonprofit advocacy group representing consumers on marketplace and workplace issues

 Forbes Magazines Top Hate Sites

Sometimes it seems that shoddy products and atrocious customer service go together like peanut butter and chocolate.
But while your average disgruntled consumer simply vents their bile by bellowing at a bewildered service rep, a few go farther. Much farther. These perennially peeved people build--and obsessively maintain--sites devoted exclusively to complaining about their least favorite corporations. 

2005    2002

 
 

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