<!-- Deleted image removed: -->Clinton Fein
(born 1964 in South Africa
) is an artist, writer
, noted for his company Apollomedia'
s controversial website Annoy.com
and its Supreme Court
victory against Janet Reno
, United States Attorney General
, regarding the constitutionality
of the Communications Decency Act
This victory, a landmark for First Amendment
rights, won Fein's right to disseminate his art. Fein won another federal First Amendment lawsuit to remove a government-imposed gag order
. As recognition, Fein received a nomination for a PEN/Newman's Own First Amendment Award
in 2001. Fein now presides the board of , a nonprofit organization that protects and promotes freedom of information, expression, and petition.
Early life and career
Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa
, Fein graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand
, Johannesburg, in 1986, with a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Psychology
. After living in New York for a couple of years, Fein moved to Los Angeles
, where he began reporting directly to the President of Orion Pictures
, as part of the creative team for numerous films, among them Academy Award-winning Dances with Wolves
and The Silence of the Lambs
From the outset, Fein's work has led him into some high-profile confrontations. In 1994, his CD-ROM Gays and Lesbians in the US Military
, based on the book by renowned investigative reporter......