chilling effect

noun
a discouraging or deterring effect, especially one resulting from a restrictive law or regulation.

Origin:
1965–70

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The law could also have a chilling effect on other online book sites.
In some areas of the country, local actions have already shut down bulletin
  boards and had a chilling effect on free speech.
Despite any chilling effect, the downloading revolution is unlikely to stall.
Its decision could have a chilling effect on the press.
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