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  • Chilling Effects Clearinghouse - monitoring the legal climate for Internet activity

    Do you know your online rights? Have you received a letter asking you to remove information from a Web site or to stop engaging in an activity? Are you concerned about liability for information that someone else posted to your online forum? If so, this web site is for you. Chilling Effects aims to help you understand the protections that the First Amendment and intellectual property laws give to your online activities. We are excited about the new opportunities the Internet offers individuals to express their views, parody politicians, celebrate their favorite movie stars, or criticize businesses. But we've noticed that not everyone feels the same way. Anecdotal evidence suggests that some individuals and corporations are using intellectual property and other laws to silence other online users. Chilling Effects encourages respect for intellectual property law, while frowning on its misuse to "chill" legitimate activity. Content Detail

    Electronic Frontier Foundation and Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, University of San Francisco, and University of Maine law school clinics
  • Freedom of Information Act Requests from the U.S. Department of Justice

    This web site contains information about how to use the Freedom of Information Act to obtain information from the Department of Justice. Content Detail

    U.S. Department of Justice
  • How to Use the Federal Freedom of Information Act

    This booklet is designed as a general "do-it-yourself" guide to using the federal Freedom of Information Act. This is the ninth edition of the guide, which was originally published in 1976 and has been updated and expanded to include recent court opinions that affect the FOI Act. This booklet was researched and edited by The FOI Service Center, a project of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. It describes how to use the Act as an effective investigative tool, and provides sample letters, forms and directories to assist you in dealing with the government promptly and effectively. Content Detail

    The Reporters' Committee for Freedom of the Press
  • Sample Affidavit Relating to the Closure of an Open Meeting

    In general Georgia law requires that meetings by government be open to the public. A Georgia government body can only close a meeting to the public in a limited number of situations. This sample document is an affidavit, a sworn statement, to be signed by one or more of the people leading the meeting to explain (1) why the meeting was closed, and (2) what authority they had under Georgia law to close the meeting. It also contains provisions for the person to confirm that no additional business that the public would be entitled to witness was conducted during the closed session. Content Detail

  • Sample Georgia Open Records Request for Electronic Documents

    This document is a form for requesting electronic documents. If you are requesting printed documents, photographs, tape recordings, etc., please use the traditional document request letter. Also, keep a copy of the signed letter you send and any postal receipts, facsimile transmittal confirmation sheets, etc., in case they are needed as an exhibit in a legal action to enforce the Open Records Act. Content Detail

    Georgia First Amendment Foundation
  • Using the Freedom of Information Act: A Step-by-Step Guide

    The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was passed by Congress in 1966 and amended in 1974. FOIA creates procedures so that any member of the public may obtain the records of the agencies of the federal government. The purpose of this Guide is to help you exercise your right to "open agency action to the light of public scrutiny." This document contains detailed information, instructions and sample letters designed to help you make an effective FOIA request. Content Detail

    American Civil Liberties Union