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Google Saves the Day…For Now? | CBLDF

Recently Google tipped off Houston police to a suspected child predator based on images found in his Gmail account. Of course identifying and stopping child sexual abuse is good…but how far is Google snooping into everyone’s email?

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Waukesha Rejects Challenges to Two More Books | CBLDF

Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner and Chris Crutcher’s Chinese Handcuffs are safe in Waukesha, Wisconsin schools for now, but the parent who wanted them removed for “extreme violence” is appealing the decision to the school board. That means the board will likely have three challenged books to deal with at its next meeting, since a previous challenge to Looking for Alaska by John Green has already been appealed.

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Institutions Quick to Censor Public Art They Commissioned | CBLDF

What happens when a museum or a university hands an artist a giant public-facing blank canvas? Unsurprisingly the artist may use the exposure to make a controversial statement.

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Some great Paul Pope up on the CBLDF eBay store! Get it while it’s hot!

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CBLDF is a beneficiary of yet another generous Humble Bundle promotion! This time, you can pay what you want for a collection of sci-fi novels from HarperCollins, including works by Neil Gaiman, Lois McMaster Bujold, Paulo Coelho, and many others. Check it out!

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Dynamite Entertainment Launches New DRM-Free Digital Comics Program; New Digital Initiative Benefits Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

Dynamite Entertainment is excited to announce the debut of its brand new digital comic program featuring DRM-free comics. Launching initially with comics available in PDF file format, the initiative makes a selection of its most popular and celebrated titles ready for download today directly by consumers. The sale of DRM-free digital comics coincides with the comic book and graphic novel publisher’s 10th anniversary celebration, and can be found at their company website’s dedicated digital sales page: http://dynamite.com/digital/

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Throughout its first month of operation, Dynamite will donate ten percent of all sales to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Thank you Dynamite! Get all the details here.

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New Challenges Expected for The Giver

With the recent release of the film adaptation of Lois Lowry’s 1993 young adult novel The Giver, free speech groups are bracing for a resurgence of challenges to one of the most frequently targeted books of the 1990s. Last week Slate’s Ben Blatt talked to Barbara Jones, the director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, about past challenges to the book and her expectations for the future.

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On the Border of Fourth Amendment Rights | CBLDF

The Supreme Court recently found that police need a warrant to search arrestees’ electronic devices such as cellphones, tablets, and laptops. But what about border agents? A case currently pending in District Court may provide some clarification.

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"I don’t read Penthouse and I won’t read this."

- Ringgold (PA) school board member Gene Kennedy, when a teacher suggested that the board read Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale before voting to ban it from the curriculum. Eventually cooler heads prevailed and the book is now restored.