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On the available evidence, I don't believe that voting-machine irregularities, or other problems on Election Day, determined who would be the next president. The apparent margins for President Bush were too large, in Ohio and nationwide. But if the race had been any closer, we could not have said for sure that the machines hadn't made the difference. That is because many electronic systems violate the two basic rules of trustworthy computing.
Our own Fred von Lohmann has a new Law.com column chronicling the misadventures of Marvel Comics as it seeks [PDF] to hold NCSoft Corp. and Cryptic Studios -- the operators of an online game called "City of Heroes" -- liable for the alleged copyright and trademark infringement of people who don virtual masks and "become" their favorite (Marvel) superheros.
The public can sleep easier now that Congress has officially adjourned without passing any of the copyright lobby's biggest requests. Hollywood lost because it constantly asked for too much, rather than finding narrowly tailored solutions to specific problems. Big Content got greedy with bills like the Induce Act, asking the feds to pick up their legal tab, and trying to criminalize the activity of millions of Americans.
The US Supreme Court today granted certiorari in MGM v. Grokster. The Court will hear oral arguments in the case in March 2005. EFF represents one of the defendants in the case, StreamCast Networks, makers of the Morpheus P2P software application.
The copyright law principles set out in the Sony Betamax case have served innovators, copyright industries, and the public well for 20 years. We at EFF look forward to the Supreme Court reaffirming the applicability of Betamax in the 21st century.
For more on what's at stake, I'll refer you to a piece I wrote after the Ninth Circuit's ruling in the case.
On Friday President Bush signed into law the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA; PDF), launching several flawed "security" schemes that EFF has long opposed. The media has focused on turf wars between the intelligence and defense communities, but the real story is how IRTPA trades basic rights for the illusion of security. For instance:
~ Section 1016 - a.k.a. "TIA II" ~
A clause authorizing the creation of a massive "Information Sharing Environment" (ISE) to link "all appropriate Federal, State, local, and tribal entities, and the private sector."