The Association of Magazine Media

First Amendment

From its inception in 1919, a principal element of MPA's mission has been "to defend the freedom to write and publish under the First Amendment." Toward this end, MPA closely monitors developments in all areas of media law — in the courts and in federal and state legislatures — and participates in litigation and other efforts to protect and defend the rights of its members and their advertisers.

Using legislative tactics they tried unsuccessfully earlier in the year, the sponsors of S. 3454, the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, recently attempted once again to “hotline” a bill containing a section with serious First Amendment implications...
In August, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requested comments on a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM) for COPPA, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. Expanding on modifications proposed in the original (September 2011) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the supplemental...
With no public hearing, and even less notice, shortly before the August recess, the Senate Intelligence Committee approved S.3454, the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, a bill with serious First Amendment implications that appeared to be on the fast track to Senate approval...
Following comments by MPA and others in July 2011, highlighting the First Amendment failings of the food marketing “voluntary principles” issued earlier in 2011 by the Interagency Working Group on Food Marketed to Children, in October the Federal Trade Commission – one of the four agencies in the...
Legislation aimed at fighting online piracy and counterfeiting on “rogue” websites continues to advance, creating a global outpouring of opinion, and pitting two powerful industries against each other.
Created by a 2009 act of Congress, in April, the Interagency Working Group on Food Marketed to Children, comprised of the FTC, CDC, FDA, and USDA, released their “preliminary proposed nutrition principles to guide self-regulatory efforts.”
Responding to the recent dissemination of thousands of confidential State Department cables and documents by Wikileaks, legislators in both Houses of Congress quickly introduced legislation aimed at preventing a similar release from happening again.

As MPA members continue to move into a broader array of distribution platforms, protection of intellectual property is of ever increasing importance.