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321 Studios Counts Down for Fair Use Rights

EFF encourages the public to speak out for fair use rights by participating in the week-long campaign led by 321 Studios, makers of the popular DVD backup software recently enjoined by a California district court. "The public's rights to fair use of copyrighted works should not disappear in the face...

Court Overturns Ban on Posting DeCSS

The California Court of Appeal Sixth Appellate District today overturned a 1999 injunction against Andrew Bunner that prohibited him from posting DeCSS DVD decryption computer code, because it found that the DVD-Copy Control Association did not present evidence that CSS was still a trade secret. "We are thrilled that...

European Parliament Considers Warped Intellectual Property Directive

San Francisco, CA - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today asked concerned Europeans to contact Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) prior to a March 8 vote on a controversial proposed directive on Intellectual Property Enforcement. EFF is asking Europeans to seek an amendment that would limit application of the...

Trademark Law Shouldn't Prejudice Internet Ads

New York, NY - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) yesterday asked a federal appeals court to reverse a lower court decision involving the right to provide online advertisements during web browsing. Online contact lens distributor 1-800 Contacts, Inc., won an initial trademark violation lawsuit against WhenU.com, Inc., in October 2002...

Music Industry Must Respect Privacy of Accused Music Sharers

Saint Louis, Missouri - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and 21 other consumer and privacy groups today sided with Charter Communications, Inc., in its struggle to protect customer privacy. The groups urged a federal court to prevent the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) from forcing Internet Service Provider Charter...

Betamax was a steppingstone

The mp3 generation may not remember it, but 20 years ago, Hollywood fell just one vote short of winning a ban on the VCR. This month marks the 20th anniversary of the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in Universal City Studios v. Sony, the case where two movie studios asked the...

EFF Secures Protection for ReplayTV Clients

A federal court today ruled to end a case brought by five ReplayTV digital video recorder (DVR) owners after 28 entertainment companies promised not to sue them for copyright infringement for using the "commercial advance" or "send show" features of their DVRs. "Skipping commercials is not illegal and neither is...

DVDCCA Surrenders in Bunner DVD Descrambling Case

In a surprising retreat today, the consortium of entertainment and technology companies known as DVD CCA has attempted to summarily dismiss a lawsuit against Andrew Bunner, a republisher of a computer program that was created to allow movie lovers to play their DVDs on computers that run the Linux operating...

RIAA Announces "John Doe" Suits Against Filesharers

"While it's an improvement that the record indsutry now has to play by the same rules as everyone else who goes into court, they are still heading in the wrong direction" noted Cindy Cohn, EFF's Legal Director. "There is a better way. The recording industry should be giving America's millions...

Recording Industry Announces Lawsuits Against Music Sharers

San Francisco - Continuing a crusade against its own customers, the recording industry today announced lawsuits against more than five hundred individuals accused of illegal filesharing. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced it would seek the identity of "John Does" known by the addresses of the computers they...

ReplayTV Users Seek Class Action in "Digital Betamax" Case

A group of ReplayTV owners will ask a court on Monday to allow all owners of ReplayTV digital video recorders to join an ongoing lawsuit to protect consumers' rights to skip over television commercials and send recorded programs from one digital device to another. Date: Monday, January 12, 2004 Time...

Johansen Acquittal Final

The Norwegian authorities have decided not to appeal the aquittal of Jon Johansen to the Norwegian Supreme Court. Johansen was prosecuted for his role in the creation of DeCSS software that decrypts DVDs so that they can be played on computers running the Linux operating system. "The prosecution of Johansen...

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