Official Press Release
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to announce that it has
become a member of the Media Coalition, a national association that
defends the First Amendment right to produce and sell books,
magazines, recordings, videotapes, videogames, and now comic books.
The Fund’s membership in the group affords its members a stronger
voice in the law.
Founded in 1973, Media Coalition represents most of the booksellers,
publishers, librarians, periodical distributors, recording and
videogame manufacturers, and recording and video retailers in the
United States. Its members include The American Booksellers
Foundation for Free Expression, The Association of American
Publishers, Inc., The Freedom to Read Foundation, The Interactive
Entertainment Merchants Association, The International Periodical
Distributors Association, Inc., The Motion Picture Association of
America, Inc. The American Library Association, and others.
Membership in Media Coalition affords the Fund the ability to track
the activities of Congress, state legislatures, and the courts on new
laws and legal developments related to the First Amendment. Media
Coalition will also permit the Fund to participate in legal
challenges to unconstitutional laws and prepare amicus curiae, or
Friend of the Court briefs, in cases involving the First Amendment
rights of producers and distributors of constitutionally protected
works. The Media Coalition also communicates with federal, state,
and local government officials on a regular basis in an effort to
advise them on proposed legislation affecting material that is
protected by the First Amendment, giving Fund members a voice in how
the law will affect their interests.
“In joining this prestigious organization, the CBLDF now stands as an
equal among this country’s most important First Amendment advocates,”
says CBLDF Legal Counsel Burton Joseph. “This is very good news for
the Fund’s members who depend on the organization to provide them
with the most up to date information on how the law is changing and
to fight for their rights in that legal climate.”
For more information on Media Coalition, please visit
http://www.mediacoalition.org. For more information on the Comic
Book Legal Defense Fund, or to make a tax-deductible donation in
support of their work, please visit http://www.cbldf.org.
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