EFF in the News
President Obama was supposed to champion the geek ethos by sweeping into DC and backing network neutrality, mashups, and transparency—but the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Knowledge both say they're not impressed by the "transparency" seen so far on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).
In the ongoing drama over its Erotic Services section, Craigslist this week urged an Illinois District Court to dismiss a lawsuit brought against it by a Cook County sheriff...
"While the AGs may wish it was not so, federal law protects Craigslist and no amount of posturing will change that fact," Matt Zimmerman, an EFF senior staff attorney, wrote in a blog post. "And that's a good thing. The existence of sites that rely on third party content depends on strong uniform legal protections against liability based on material posted by users. If site operators were forced to screen all third party contributions under risk of civil or criminal penalty, the Internet would lose many of the vibrant services that have made it so dynamic."
Critics of Craigslist are calling for the site to remove its erotic services section in response to controversy. But threats by South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster to pursue a criminal investigation lack substance, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation digital rights advocate organization.
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) continues to withhold important details about a closely held copyright enforcement trade agreement, despite promises from U.S. President Barack Obama to release more information, two digital rights groups said Wednesday...
"We are very disappointed with the USTR's decision to continue to withhold these documents," EFF senior counsel David Sobel said in a statement. "The president promised an open and transparent administration. But in this case and others we are litigating at EFF, we've found that the [president's] new guidelines liberalizing implementation of the Freedom of Information Act haven't changed a thing."
Conservative talk show host Michael Savage's commentary has offended groups from parents of autistic kids to Muslim leaders...
Banning Savage in Britain could create an example of "the Streisand Effect," said Danny O'Brien of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which seeks to preserve "freedoms in the networked world"...
"I'm sure right now, there are millions of people in the U.K. searching online to find out more about Michael Savage and what he said that was so offensive," said O'Brien, the foundation's international outreach coordinator. "I'd be more concerned if the U.K. law was attempting to block Mr. Savage's commentary online."
Internet rights champions on Monday accused Apple of stifling free speech by bullying OdioWorks into ending online sharing of ways to get iPods to work with music websites other than iTunes.
Attorneys from nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) teamed with OdioWorks lawyers to file a lawsuit against California-based Apple in a U.S. federal court.
When The Pirate Bay released new Facebook features last month, the popular social networking site took evasive action, blocking its members from distributing file-sharing links through its service.
Now legal experts say Facebook may have gone too far, blocking not only links to torrents published publicly on member profile pages, but also examining private messages that might contain them, and blocking those as well.
“This raises serious questions about whether Facebook is in compliance with federal wiretapping law,” said Kevin Bankston, a lawyer with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, responding to questions from a reporter about the little-noticed policy that was first reported by TorrentFreak.
When news first broke two weeks ago that she had been wiretapped, South Bay Rep. Jane Harman fought back in a tone of populist outrage...
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which has led the legal battle against unwarranted wiretapping, called Harman's recent outrage "the height of hypocrisy."
"When countless ordinary Americans are being wiretapped without warrants, Harman declares the program `both necessary and legal,"' wrote EFF staffer Tim Jones. "But when Harman herself is victim to a court-approved wiretap, she decides it's `a gross abuse of power."'
In a closed meeting in a Manhattan office building, three attorneys general, and representatives from six other states, pressed lawyers from Craigslist to permanently remove the site's erotic services section...
"Congress' rationale, which I think was a good one, that we want to not make illegal content legal or somehow inexcusable but place the onus on the people who are behaving badly in the first place," said Matt Zimmerman, a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Hollywood has locked horns with the technology industry over who will control digital entertainment and how it is watched...
Fred Von Lohmann, a senior lawyer with the Electronic Frontier Foundation suggested the picture is not so black and white.
"Hollywood says that without encryption, the DVD market would collapse. I say, the pirates have already won, the software to copy is free and you're still selling DVDs."
"The sky has not fallen," added Mr Von Lohmann.