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Patriot II

"We're still reeling from the original USA-Patriot Act's impact on civil liberties and now the government wants more," said Cindy Cohn, EFF's Legal Director. "Where is the evidence that the law passed less than two years ago is insufficient? When will Congress draw the line and say 'this much of...

Hollywood Not on the Same Planet as ReplayTV Fans

PlanetReplay.com, a website popular with digital video recorder (DVR) fans, shut down part of its operations today fearing a lawsuit by Hollywood and violation of users' privacy rights. After intense questioning by entertainment company lawyers on Tuesday, Planet Replay site operator Chad Little removed a part of the site that...

Jury Acquits Elcomsoft in eBook Copyright Case

The highly publicized case that began with the arrest of Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov today came to a close. A federal jury in San Jose today returned a verdict of not guilty on all counts in the criminal trial of Sklyarov's employer, a Russian software company called Elcomsoft Ltd. The...

Hollywood Loses Again in ReplayTV Case

Another federal judge today affirmed the right of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) to represent ReplayTV owners in their lawsuit against 28 motion picture and television industry companies. Craig Newmark of craigslist.org and four other ReplayTV customers are suing the entertainment companies to clarify their rights to record television programs...

"Visa" Torn From Dictionary by Credit Card Company

Las Vegas, Nevada - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today appealed a court ruling stripping the name "visa" from the evisa.com website and domain. In October 2002, credit card giant Visa convinced a Las Vegas federal court to prevent the small business JSL Corp. from using the term "evisa" and...

Hollywood Loses Bid to Limit Representation in ReplayTV Case

A federal court today affirmed the right of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) to represent ReplayTV owners in their lawsuit against 28 motion picture and television industry companies. Craig Newmark of craigslist.org and four other ReplayTV customers are suing the entertainment companies to clarify their rights to record television programs...

Musician Disputes Industry's Stance on Music Sharing

San Francisco - Grammy-winning songwriter and recording artist Janis Ian today challenged the music industry by celebrating peer-to-peer (P2P) music sharing as a boon to musicians. Ian, who is in the San Francisco Bay Area as part of her current concert tour, recently published "The Internet Debacle," a pointed critique...

Court Grants Access to Net Regulatory Corp Records

Los Angeles - Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Director Karl Auerbach prevailed in his lawsuit against ICANN today, gaining access to records management had improperly withheld for more than 18 months. Rejecting ICANN's claim that it could impose vague and broad restrictions on Auerbach's access, Judge Dzintra...

California Supreme Court Hears DVD Trade Secret Case

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the First Amendment Project today asked the California Supreme Court to affirm an appeals court decision permitting publication of software pending a lower court's ruling on a trade secret case. In a tremendous victory for freedom of speech on the Internet...

ICANN Director Seeks Court Order to Review Records

Los Angeles - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today filed a motion with the Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of ICANN Director Karl Auerbach requesting the court grant him immediate access to corporate records that ICANN management has denied him for one-and-a-half years. Auerbach, the North American Elected Director...

Judge Rejects Challenge to eBook Case

A federal judge today denied a Russian software vendor's request to dismiss criminal charges against the company for violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Judge Ronald Whyte of the Federal District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that Elcomsoft, a company that markets eBook formatter software...

EFF's Top 12 Ways to Protect Your Online Privacy

April 2002 by Stanton McCandlish, EFF Technology Director Vers. 2.0 - Apr. 10, 2002 Note: Mention of specific product, service or company names does not constitute EFF endorsement or recommendation. Examples and links are provided as starting points for readers, who must make up their own minds about how much...

Blizzard Freezes Bnetd Gaming Platform, Sues Own Customers

St. Louis - Game maker Blizzard Entertainment, along withits parent company Vivendi Universal Games, late Friday sued a small Internet Service Provider and its owner for distributing free software that emulates Blizzard's free Battle.net gaming service. The lawsuit claims that the creation and offering of the "bnetd" free software emulator...

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