USP v. Durkee

EFF represented Savitri Durkee, an activist concerned with preserving the character of New York City's Union Square and Union Square Park. As one part of her education campaign, Durkee created a website parodying the official website of Union Square Partnership (USP), a group backing extensive redevelopment of the area. In response, USP sent Durkee's Internet service provider a notice pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act improperly asserting that her parody site infringed USP's copyright, leading to the shutdown of the site. USP also filed a copyright lawsuit against Durkee and later filed a claim with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) seeking to take control of the parody site's domain name. EFF filed a response to USP's complaint on Durkee's behalf, pointing out that Durkee's parody is protected under the First Amendment and fair use doctrine. The website was eventually restored.

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

The @USTradeRep's TPP proposal could block needed orphan works reforms. We join civil society groups to speak out: https://eff.org/r.updq

Aug 31 @ 5:56pm

The Chinese government now appears to be pressuring developers of open source censorship circumvention tools: https://eff.org/r.bv6z

Aug 31 @ 4:44pm

Congress's cyber 'sharing' bill? More like cyber spying:
https://eff.org/r.bdqz

Aug 31 @ 3:05pm
JavaScript license information