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Twenty years after the events of 1989, Chai Ling and her company, Jenzabar, are pursuing a lawsuit against the Long Bow Group. The following are links to independent news articles, blogs, and online sites that have covered this suit. For more information about the lawsuit, see this page.

Independent Media Reports
The Guardian, Nov. 17, 2009: From democracy activist to censor?
Jeremy Goldkorn writes, "In a country that calls itself free, money should not be able to buy silence or the alteration of historical records. Intellectual property laws should not be used to suppress free speech."

The Boston Globe, June 7, 2009: Beijing Lesson Unlearned
Yvonne Abraham notes that Chai Ling is "using the justice system to attack the very freedoms for which her fellow students gave their lives."

The World (from the BBC, PRI, and WGBH), June 4, 2009: A Legal Dispute Over Remembering Tiananmen

The Times of London, May 4, 2009: Tiananmen activist Chai Ling sues makers of film about 1989 protest

New Yorker, May 7, 2009: The American Dream: The Lawsuit
Evan Osnos writes, "Now comes word that Chai Ling, the student leader who appeared on television screens around the world as the picture of fragile, furious idealism, is now suing the makers of an award-winning documentary about the Tiananmen Square demonstrations. ...her company's lawsuit accuses them of being 'motivated by ill-will, their sympathy for officials in the Communist government of China, and a desire to discredit Chai....' For the record, to anyone with knowledge of the film, the notion that it is sympathetic to the Chinese government is laughable. But, whatever happens with the suit, it's hard to imagine a more acute measure of how far the student movement has faded into memory."

Internet/Technology News
Ars Technica: Tiananmen Square battle still being fought -- now over meta tags

Internet/Free Speech/Advocacy Sites
Public Citizen
In October 2009, Public Citizen, a national non-profit Public Interest Organization, offered legal representation to the Long Bow Group because of the serious First Amendment issues raised by Jenzabar's lawsuit.

Public Citizen attorney Paul Levy's blogs:
Faulty Trademark Suit Pits Leader of Tiananmen Square Protest Against Makers of Documentary Film About Historic Event
Jenzabar Joins Trademark Abusers Hall of Shame
Jenzabar Tries to Forbid Blogging About Its Abusive Trademark Litigation
Jenzabar "expert witness" claims that Google still uses keyword meta tags

Citizen Media Law Project - Threats Database
The Citizen Media Law Project is jointly affiliated with Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet & Society and the Center for Citizen Media at Arizona State University.

Techdirt - the Techdirt blog analyzes news stories about changes in government policy, technology and legal issues that affect companies ability to innovate and grow.
Likelihood of Confusion - A blog about trademark, copyright, new media and free speech.
The China Beat: The Boston Long Bow Group, Chai Ling and "The Gate of Heavenly Peace": Geremie R. Barmé responds to "China Beat"
Inside-Out China: The Fall of Lady Liberty and Chai Ling's Revenge

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