First Amendment

  • Judge dismisses riot charges against Democracy Now! cofounder Amy Goodman

    Judge dismisses riot charges against Democracy Now! cofounder Amy Goodman

    There may be hope for the First Amendment rights of new media journalists― a North Dakota judge has dismissed riot charges against Democracy Now! cofounder and investigative reporter Amy Goodman. As TechCrunch reported this weekend, Goodman was charged for “participating in a riot” after she reported from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, on the… Read More

  • Gawker’s Nick Denton to billionaire Peter Thiel: Let’s take it outside (of court)

    Gawker’s Nick Denton to billionaire Peter Thiel: Let’s take it outside (of court)

    Tech investor, billionaire and Donald Trump-backer Peter Thiel has been locked in a legal battle by proxy with Gawker Media that amounts to a First Amendment test which could potentially put Gawker out of business. The media company that consistently challenges and pokes at the powers that be in technology and venture capital has, according to The Wall Street Journal, “hired an… Read More

  • Twitter ‘Considering Legal Options To Defend First Amendment Rights’ As Data Requests Rise 22%

    Twitter ‘Considering Legal Options To Defend First Amendment Rights’ As Data Requests Rise 22%

    Twitter today has published its latest Transparency Report, a list of information and takedown requests, as well as copyright notices. The report breaks out for the first time how Twitter is faring on a country-by-country basis — useful considering that these days some 75% of its users are outside the U.S. — and indicates that information requests are up by 66% in the last two years. Read More

  • Louisiana Judge Shoots Down Violent Game Ban

    A district judge in Lousiana threw out a bill today that would ban the sales of violent video games to minors. U.S. District Judge, James Brady, said the state had no right to stop any distribution of games because they contained violence. Brady dubbed the law an “invasion of First Amendment rights” of producers, retailers and kiddies who play the games. He said that depictions… Read More