Industry & Advocacy News
June 29, 2022
On June 23, the Authors Guild signed an Open Letter in Support of the Uniform Law Commission’s Uniform Public Expression Protection Act. This Act provides a framework for states to create their own laws against baseless lawsuits intended to keep individuals from exercising their First Amendment rights.
Thirty-two states already have laws against such suits, known as Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation, or “SLAPP,” suits. However, the need for anti-SLAPP legislation everywhere is greater than ever given the recent increase in lawsuits meant to intimidate writers and publishers and stop them from publishing true information or opinions.
The open letter sets out six features of an effective anti-SLAPP law:
We support the effort to craft anti-SLAPP laws that will protect the right of everyone to speak out and act on public issues.
Click here to read the full open letter.