Got Subpeonas? New Database of Online Speech Threats

Image: cmlpHarvard’s Citizen Media Law Project has introduced its newest service, a Legal Threats Database to catalog the growing number of lawsuits, cease and desist letters, and other legal challenges faced globally by those engaging in online speech.  

It organizes cases using standard forms to make it easy to check their status and trial details.  So far, I’ve found the results to substantially lag the news, but it’s an excellent way to research topics and validate other sources.

It’s the first of several related initiatives funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.  Next, expected are a set of state-by-state law guides for citizen journalists and bloggers in early 2008.

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