February 25, 2002

[RIGHTS] - Chilling Effects Clearinghouse

[RIGHTS] - Chilling Effects Clearinghouse is a website devoted to logging and analyzing the effect of "cease and desist" orders on the internet.

When a company issues a C&D against a fan website, a parody, a criticism of a company or product, a fiction site, the result is often a frightened author shutting down part or all of the site to avoid legal trouble. Thus the "chilling effects."

Backed by the EFF, Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley and the University of San Francisco law school clinics, this site maintains a database of C&Ds and will analyze the legalese contained in a C&D if you receive one, and aims to educate you about your rights regarding online communication.
This site is potentially of interest to anyone who hosts their own website.

Posted by James at February 25, 2002 3:49 PM
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