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Fox News Censors Political Expression

In a scenario that has become depressingly familiar, a news organization has again used the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") to censor legitimate political speech. Citizen Media Law Project reports that YouTube cancelled Progress Illinois' YouTube channel after Fox News had sent three notices of copyright infringement demanding the...

Apple Shows Us DRM's True Colors

At this week's Macworld Expo, Apple announced that by April, music from the iTunes Store will no longer be shackled by digital rights management (DRM). Finally, DRM is good and fully dead for digital music -- gone from CDs, gone from downloads, and largely dead for streaming. Apple's...

UMG v. Veoh: Another Victory for Web 2.0

Over the holidays, video hosting site Veoh won another victory under the DMCA safe harbors, this time against Universal Music Group (UMG). The ruling should put to rest the argument that transcoding and other activities necessary for making content accessible on the web are not...

Keith Henson Appeal: Time to Undo an Injustice

The well-known Scientology protester Keith Henson has filed an appeal to the Appellate Division of the Riverside County Superior Court of his criminal conviction in 2001 of misdemeanor "interfering with a religion" for picketing in front of a Scientology "base" in Hemet, CA. The ruling was roundly criticized as...

EFF at MacWorld '09

Come Visit EFF at Macworld '09! Visit EFF at Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco on January 6-9. We'll have a booth with a wide range of EFF paraphernalia and other goodies, and we'll be spreading the message to all attendees. We hope to see you there! Register online...

VIP Pre-Party with DJ Spooky

In celebration of our 18 years fighting for digital rights please join EFF at a special VIP event, beginning at 7 p.m at the DNA Lounge. The reception will feature a reading by DJ Spooky from his new book, Sound Unbound, which asks artists to report from the front lines...

Is it Patentable?

Two months ago, in In re Bilski, the Federal Circuit rejected the notion that anything that produces a "useful, concrete, and tangible result" is potentially patentable. Instead, to be patent-eligible, an idea must be "tied to a particular machine or apparatus," or it must "transform a particular article into...

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