The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) announced today that comiXology — the
worlds largest digital comics platform with over 60 million downloads to date —
has become the organization's newest Corporate Member. ComiXology joins industry
leaders Dark Horse, DC Entertainment, Diamond Comic Distributors, Image Comics,
Legendary Comics, Random House, and Threadless as Corporate Members supporting
the CBLDF's important work of protecting the First Amendment rights of the
comics art form and its community of retailers, creators, publishers,
librarians, and readers.
"There is no time like the present to support the Comic Book Legal Defense
Fund," said comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger. "With freedom of
speech being encroached upon at every corner, especially as new digital content
platforms arise, comiXology is happy to show our commitment to free speech and
the comics industry with this donation. If you have yet to become a member and
are a comic book fan, please do so today."
"We're grateful that comiXology is taking this leadership position in
supporting the CBLDF's important work," says CBLDF Executive Director Charles
Brownstein. "We have already seen prosecutions resulting from comics delivered
in the digital realm, and those prosecutions are still on the rise. The CBLDF
maintains an active program of fighting back when those cases occur, and works
hard to challenge unconstitutional laws that would restrict the rights of comics
in this new environment. We're gratified that comiXology recognizes the
importance of our work in this area and are putting their financial support
Recently, the CBLDF helped fund and guide the successful defense in R. v.
Matheson, a case that involved a comic book fan who faced criminal charges in
Canada relating to comic books on his computer. The total legal costs of this
case exceeded $75,000. After taking the case last summer, the Comic Book Legal
Defense Fund contributed $20,000 to the defense and also participated in shaping
the defense, including recruiting expert testimony for the trial. The CBLDF is
currently seeking funds to help pay off the $45,000 debt the defendant incurred
as a result of his case, and to create new tools to prevent future cases.
To make a contribution
to these important efforts, please visit www.cbldf.org.