Chilling Effects Clearinghouse

Monitoring the legal climate for internet activity: a webproject founded by Wendy Seltzer.

Chilling Effects Clearinghouse


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.


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