The Chilling Effects Clearinghouse (now Chilling Effects) is a collaboration among
law school clinics and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Conceived and developed at the Berkman Center for Internet
& Society by Berkman Fellow Wendy Seltzer, the project is
now supported by clinical programs at Harvard, Berkeley,
Stanford, University of San Francisco, and University of
Maine law schools and the EFF.
Chilling Effects aims to
support lawful online activity against the chill of unwarranted
legal threats. Chilling Effects is excited about the new
opportunities the Internet offers individuals to express
their views, parody politicians, celebrate favorite stars,
or criticize businesses, but is concerned that not everyone
feels the same way. Anecdotal evidence suggests that cease
and desist letters often silence Internet users, whether
or not their claims have legal merit. The Chilling Effects
project seeks to document that "chill" and inform C&D recipients
of their legal rights in response.