Intel v. Hamidi Archive

Email Is Free Speech, Not Trespass

When former Intel employee Ken Hamidi sent email messages to Intel employees complaining about the company's allegedly unfair labor practices, Intel brought suit. The company won an injunction on a "trespass to chattels" theory, arguing that Hamidi's emails had harmed Intel's computers. EFF stepped in to protect Hamidi's First Amendment rights, arguing in a friend-of-the-court brief that there was no evidence to suggest that his email had threatened the integrity of Intel's systems. The California Supreme Court agreed, ruling that the tort of trespass to chattels does not encompass, and should not be extended to encompass, email communications.

Files in this Archive

Links to Off-site Resources

Stay in Touch

NSA Spying

EFF is leading the fight against the NSA's illegal mass surveillance program. Learn more about what the program is, how it works, and what you can do.

Follow EFF

FCC Chairman @AjitPaiFCC just declared war on the free and open Internet. We need you to fight back. https://act.eff.org/action/te...

Apr 27 @ 3:41pm

California's gang database needs oversight from all stakeholders, including civl liberties and privacy experts. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks...

Apr 27 @ 1:35pm

Free speech needs an open Internet. https://act.eff.org/action/te...

Apr 27 @ 1:23pm
JavaScript license information