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Abstract Expressionism, Machismo, and the Cultural Cold War
How rampant sexism and Cold War politics combined to exclude women artists at the dawn of the "Ab Ex" era.

What's Left of Keyishian?
Thoughts on the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's most important ruling on academic freedom.

Koch Buys Academic Slots
The Charles Koch Foundation's funding of university programs comes with big ideological strings attached.

The Settlement in Steven Salaita's Case
The University of Illinois will pay substantial damages to the professor it fired for his angry tweets.

Notorious Woman Artists of 1943
A groundbreaking exhibition at Peggy Guggenheim's "Art of This Century" gallery inspired outpourings of sexist condescension.

Harvard Law Review Censors Link to Nan Goldin Photograph
In a forum on free expression, no less.

"A masterpiece of legal journalism"
               - Professor Alan Wald


Priests of Our Democracy combines history, law, and stories of the people and politics behind the recognition of academic freedom as "a special concern of the First Amendment."

Winner of the 2013 Hugh Hefner First Amendment Award for Book Publishing

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Internet Filters - Fully Revised and Updated

Will Fair Use Survive? Free Expression in the Age of Copyright Control

The Information Commons

Free Expression in Arts Funding

"The Progress of Science and Useful Arts": Why Copyright Today Threatens Intellectual Freedom

Media Literacy: An Alternative to Censorship

Intellectual Property and Free Speech in the Online World: How Online Service Providers Are Coping With Cease & Desist Letters and Takedown Notices

Fox v. FCC: Challenging Censorship on the Airwaves

Kahle v. Gonzales: Copyright "Formalities" and the Shrinking Public Domain

Brand X: Preserving Open Access on the Internet

FCC Comments: Localism and Diversity on the Public Airwaves

Bridgeport Music: Sampling and Artistic Creation

The "Children's Internet Protection Act": Mandatory Filters & the Digital Divide

Scholars' Brief in St. Louis Video Games Case: What the research actually shows about media effects

Other court briefs ...

Banning Speech in the Name of Fighting Terrorism
Will the FCC Stop Censoring "Indecency"?
The Roberts Court: A Free Speech Double Standard
You Can Play Fantasy Baseball, But Can You Google It?

First Post-"CIPA" Lawsuit Challenges Library's Use of Filters

Animal-Cruelty Censorship Law is Unconstitutional

Settlement in James Joyce Estate Copyright Case

Other news ...

FEPP's Slide Show of Controversial & Censored Art From the erotic frescos of Pompeii to today's battles over fair use - a history of censored images.

Is Teaching Junk Science Protected by Academic Freedom?
A First Amendment Mess: The Parlous State of Public Employee Free Speech Law
Charging Anti-Semitism to Squelch Dissent
Video Game Censorship Struck Down
Blanche DuBois Meets the Copyright Cops
Does Yale's New Singapore Campus Sacrifice Academic Freedom?
The Muhammad Cartoons: Facts & Principles to Guide the Debate

"The Miracle": Film Censorship and the Catholic Church

Other commentaries ...

Art Censorship
Censorship History
"Harm to Minors" and Censorship of Youth
Media Policy: Media Literacy and Media Democracy
Political Speech
Sex and Censorship
Violence in the Media

Political Dissent and Censorship
Media Democracy
Internet Filters
Sex and Censorship
Media Violence

The Rest is Noise, by Alex Ross
Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals, by Seth Rosenfeld

Communists and Perverts Under the Palms, by Stacy Braukman

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The Free Expression Policy Project began in 2000 as a project of the National Coalition Against Censorship, to provide empirical research and policy development on tough censorship issues and seek free speech-friendly solutions to the concerns that drive censorship campaigns. In 2004-2007, it was part of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. Past funders have included the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Educational Foundation of America, the Open Society Institute, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

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