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Chilling Effects

The Chilling Effects Clearinghouse maintains a database of legal complaints pertaining to online activity. It is “a unique collaboration among law school clinics and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.” The website lists the various universities involved with the program.

The “site guide” provides a nice overview of the type of information found. A main component is their collection of “cease and desist” letters about various online activities (e.g. linking). The Clearinghouse also offers a list of topics with additional discussion. The wide range of topic areas includes fair use, domain names, trade secrets, and derivative works.

Their database is quite dynamic. A researcher can search by subject, sender, recipient, date or topic area. An option to browse the database is also available. Once a “cease and desist” letter is selected from the database, the Clearinghouse commonly provides links to analysis.

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