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Harry Potter and the Digital Fingerprints

A few days before Friday's release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, someone leaked a (genuine) copy of the book widely using file-sharing networks and photo-sharing web sites -- photographingevery single page with a digital camera. The quality isn't great -- the leaker evidently didn't have a nifty...

NSA Subpoena Deadline Looms -- What Happens Next?

The Senate Judiciary Committee has now issued subpoenas for documents related to the NSA spying program, and the deadline for the Administration to respond is tomorrow. What?s going to happen next? Can the Executive branch ignore these committee subpoenas? It certainly can try, and a showdown between Congress and...

Innocent RIAA Defendant Fights Back, Wins $70,000 Fee Award

After more than three years of litigation, a single mom who was improperly swept up in the RIAA's P2P litigation "driftnet" has finally been vindicated. An Oklahoma court has ordered the RIAA to pay nearly seventy thousand dollars in fees and costs to defendant Debra Foster. EFF, Public Citizen, the...

Dangerous Ruling Puts Interactive Web Services at Risk

EFF Urges Appeals Court to Protect Innovation San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has filed a brief urging the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a recent ruling that endangers features like search customization and user feedback on interactive web services. The ruling came in a...

DRM-Free, MP3 Streaming Music Radio Under Attack in Royalty Negotiations

Yesterday, major label-backed licensing authority SoundExchange gave small and non-commercial music webcasters a temporary reprieve, stating that they would continue negotiations and not immediately enforce the ridiculous statutory royalty rate increase. SoundExchange is also negotiating a lower rate for large commercial stations like Pandora. However, Net radio isn't...

California Judge Tentatively 'Nullifies' Election Result

Friday Hearing to Finalize Sanctions, Revote in Contested Election Oakland, Calif. - On Friday, July 13, at 9:30 a.m., a California judge will rule on sanctions against Alameda County for botching its response to a contested race conducted on Diebold electronic voting machines. In a tentative ruling issued Thursday, Judge...

Ruling Endangers Privacy in Email and IP Addresses

The Ninth Circuit recently held [PDF] in US v. Forrester that the Fourth Amendment does not protect against government surveillance of the to/from addresses of one's email messages, the IP addresses of websites one has visited, and the total volume of information transmitted to or from one's ISP...

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