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Koch Foundation Buys Academic Slots

By |2017-10-12T13:57:36-04:00November 13th, 2014|FEPP Articles|

The Koch brothers, Charles and David, are best-known for donating millions to the election campaigns of Tea Party candidates and others committed to fighting regulation of business and to protecting the oil and gas industries from efforts to combat climate change. It turns out that Charles Koch, through his foundation, is now also heavily invested in higher education. The money [...]

Harvard Law Review Censors Link to Nan Goldin Photograph

By |2017-10-12T13:55:02-04:00June 26th, 2014|FEPP Articles|

The Harvard Law Review has censored a link to an image by the prominent photographer Nan Goldin, ostensibly because of concerns about child pornography. The image, "Klara and Eddy Belly Dancing," shows two little girls cavorting, one of them nude. The link was included in an article by Marjorie Heins on censorship by private companies that offer social-media sites, web [...]

Fact Sheet on Media Violence

By |2017-10-12T14:08:33-04:00July 1st, 2011|FEPP Articles|

This Fact Sheet answers some frequently-asked questions about social science research into the effects of media violence. The bottom line is that despite the claims of some psychologists and politicians, the actual research results have been weak and ambiguous. This should not be surprising: media violence is so pervasive in our lives, and comes in so many different contexts and [...]

Fact Sheet on Political Dissent and Censorship

By |2017-10-12T14:10:00-04:00May 1st, 2008|FEPP Articles|

In the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and of U.S. government efforts to combat terrorism by often secretive or constitutionally dubious means, questions have arisen about the scope of First Amendment protection for political protest and dissent. This Fact Sheet, originally prepared for a November 2006 conference on "Civil Liberties in a Paranoid Society," outlines the [...]

Appeals Court Reaffirms Its Tone-Deaf Approach to Music Sampling

By |2017-10-12T14:00:15-04:00June 3rd, 2005|FEPP Articles|

Ignoring the critical balance between creativity and property rights that is essential to a healthy copyright system, a 3-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit today reaffimed the maverick position that it first announced last year - that the well-accepted "de minimis" rule in copyright law does not apply to sound recordings. Under the court's [...]