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As International Privacy Day is Celebrated, Governments Continue to Chip Away at Privacy Rights

"Effective data protection is vital for our democracies and underpins other fundamental rights and freedoms." - Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship. Last Friday, privacy advocates and government officials in countries across the world celebrated the 5th annual International Privacy Day...

47 U.S.C. § 230: a 15 Year Retrospective

March 4, 2011 Co-sponsored by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, this symposium will unite some of the key figures in the history of 47 U.S.C. § 230, widely regarded as the most important internet specific law. EFF Fellow Jason Schultz will moderate the session on Legislative Perspectives. Later in the day...

EFF Urges Supreme Court to Crack Down on Bad Patents

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), joined by Public Knowledge and the Apache Software Foundation, urged the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday to make it easier to invalidate bad patents -- a decision that would benefit software innovators both large and small. In an amicus brief filed in Microsoft...

EFF Files Comments with Copyright Office on Pre-1972 Sound Recordings

EFF yesterday filed comments in response to the Copyright Office’s recent Notice of Inquiry regarding the “desirability and means of bringing sound recordings fixed before February 15, 1972, under Federal jurisdiction.” Pre-1972 sound recordings are the vestigial tail of copyright law, a subset of works that are carved out of...

Copyright Troll Gives Up in Porn-Downloading Case

Dallas, TX - An adult video company has dropped its flawed lawsuit accusing hundreds of Internet users of illegally downloading pornography. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Public Citizen (PC) are counsel for the anonymous defendants at the request of the court. Late last week, Mick Haig Productions dismissed its...

From Mad Men to Mad Bots: Advertising in the Digital Age

EFF Senior Staff Attorney Lee Tien will participate on a panel discussion regarding Online Advertising Privacy at Yale Law School's Information Society Project's Spring Symposium. Additional information will be added as it becomes available. http://yaleisp.org/2011/01/march-25-from-mad-men-to-mad-bots-advertising-in-the-digital-age/

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