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The first amendment to the United States constitution guarantees FreeSpeech (with respect to the government):
- Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
The "First Amendment" is often mistaken as a worldwide law. Many other countries have similar protections, but the rights (and their enforcement) often vary.
http://caselaw.findlaw.com/data/Constitution/amendment01/index.html is an excellent resource for the history and interpretation of the subject.
See http://www.ala.org/alaorg/oif/first.html for many more FirstAmendment resources.
And how does this relate to HyperMedia? -- FridemarPache
It doesn't. It relates to "collaborative" work, however. (Specifically, the limits that legal systems may impose on collaborative work.) Since the wiki audience is an international one, it may be useful to explain certain terms that vary in different countries. [Also, if you want to see which pages reference this one, click the title at the top of the page for a search.] --CliffordAdams