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Google Books Settlement 2.0: Evaluating Censorship

This is the fifth in a series of posts about the proposed Google Book Search settlement. As we've explained in earlier posts, when it comes to evaluating the proposed Google Books settlement, the principal potential benefit to the public (increased access to books online) must be weighed against the...

Senator Bayh Responds on ACTA

Senator Evan Bayh recently responded to a constituent's concerns about the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). Sadly, Senator Bayh's letter is troubling and frustrating. He echoes the USTR's misleading conflation of "counterfeiting" and "copyright infringement," doesn't address the draconian Internet provisions, and, worst of all, fails to acknowledge the most egregious...

Lawsuit Demands Answers About Social-Networking Surveillance

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), working with the Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Samuelson Clinic), filed suit today against a half-dozen government agencies for refusing to disclose their policies for using social networking sites for investigations...

Surveillance Shocker: Sprint Received 8 MILLION Law Enforcement Requests for GPS Location Data in the Past Year

This October, Chris Soghoian — computer security researcher, oft-times journalist, and current technical consultant for the FTC's privacy protection office — attended a closed-door conference called "ISS World". ISS World — the "ISS" is for "Intelligence Support Systems for Lawful Interception, Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Gathering" — is...

Side A: DJs Win Laptops Back

Following a hearing in the San Francisco Superior Court today, DJs and party guests Justin Credible and Matthew Higgins had their illegally seized laptops returned to them. This is great news, and a real relief to the pair who have been without their machines for over a month. It started...

The Xbox Live Bans: A Cautionary Tale of the TOS

"Your console has been banned." For many gaming enthusiasts, perhaps nothing is more unnerving than the prospect of losing the ability to duel with friends and strangers over the Internet for hours on end. Yet earlier this month, this fear became a reality for many Xbox owners when Microsoft...

EFF Launches New "Terms of (Ab)Use" Page

One cannot go online today without eventually being asked to accept a set of so-called Terms of Service (or TOS). Such TOS agreements have become ubiquitous to websites and other online services in the same way End User License Agreements (EULAs) have become the mainstay of the software industry. Yet...

Google Books Settlement 2.0: Evaluating Competition

This is the third in a series of posts about the proposed Google Book Search settlement. Now that we've described the proposed settlement agreement's biggest potential upside for the public—expanded online access to books, particularly out-of-print books—that benefit must be weighed against the potential down-sides. On that score, the...
International

A Pirate-Finder General for the UK?

Copyright law involves a delicate balance, made all the more fragile by the number of people who now find their every day actions affected by it. Some people benefit, others find ordinary behaviors made illegal. Reforming copyright in the face of new technology is a vital process, but it needs...

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