• Rhode Island

    RI Governor Raimondo vetoes House Bill 7537 and Senate Bill 2510

    Governor Gina Raimondo vetoed legislation that would bar distribution of certain images without consent. She cited concerns that the legislation violates the First Amendment and would have a chilling effect on free speech.
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  • Louisiana

    Litigation victory: Judge blocks enforcement of Louisiana’s age-verification law

    U.S. District Court Chief Judge Brian Jackson issued a preliminary injunction, blocking enforcement of the Louisiana law that required websites in the state to verify the age of visitors before being allowed access to “harmful to minors” material.
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  • Nebraska

    New in legislation: Nebraska Legislative Bill 892

    L.B. 892 would make it a crime to communicate online using indecent, lewd or lascivious language or to suggest a lewd or lascivious act with the intent to annoy, offend, harass or terrify.

    In our memo to legislators, we argue that the bill would criminalize a wide variety of speech such as Ann Coulter’s books, Bill Maher’s and Jon Stewart’s comments on their TV shows, Stephen King novels and horror movies.

    Read more about the bill »

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Vote expected in California Senate for bill targeting “confidential communication”

Cconstalifornia Assembly Bill 1671 would make it a crime for a person who has illegally recorded or electronically eavesdropped on a “confidential communication” to disclose or distribute its contents. An existing California law would make it illegal to aid or abet anyone who discloses or distributes the content of the illegally captured “confidential communication.”Read more about A.B. 1671 »

Rhode Island House Bill 7537 and Senate Bill 2510 vetoed by Governor

Rhode Island House Bill 7537/SB 2510 would bar the dissemination of an image of another person who is nude or engaging in sexual activity or sado-masochistic abuse without the affirmative consent of that person, if the image was obtained under circumstances in which a reasonable person would know or understand the image was to remain private.Read more about H.B. 7537/S.B. 2510 »