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How Copyright Law Talks to Fans

Without fans, there would be no music industry. Most people in the music industry understand this -- certainly the artists do. But apparently not the lawyers who work for them. An ardent fan of the New Pornographers (a great Canadian indie rock band that includes Neko Case, among others...

FBI Records Show Gonzales Knew About Years of Chronic NSL Problems

EFF Lawsuit Uncovers History of Surveillance Mistakes Washington, D.C. - Documents obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) show years of chronic problems with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's use of National Security Letters (NSLs) to collect Americans' personal information and that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has long been aware...

YouTube Embedding and Copyright

There seems to be a considerable amount of interest in, and confusion about, the copyright law consequences of embedding a YouTube video in your blog. In fact, the Blog Herald just ran a story suggesting that bloggers could be on the hook for copyright infringement if they embed...

RIAA Should Pay for Single Mom's Two-Year Ordeal

Innocent Target of File-Sharing Lawsuit Racked Up Legal Fees Fighting Baseless Charges Seattle - The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) should pay for a single mom's two-year legal ordeal fighting a baseless file-sharing lawsuit, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) told Washington state court in an amicus brief filed Thursday...
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Reform FOIA this July 4th!

On July 4, 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The Act gave weight to a principle that is fundamental to any democracy: The right of the people to know what the government is doing. Forty-one years later, FOIA remains an essential tool used...

Doctorow Podcasts "The Hacker Crackdown"

Somewhere in his busy schedule ? in between writing brilliant sci-fi novels, commenting on the current state of copyright law and intellectual property, co-editing the popular blog BoingBoing, and teaching at USC ? EFF Fellow Cory Doctorow finds time to podcast. Cory has been podcasting his fiction, reading his...

FISA Court Judge Criticizes Warrantless Wiretaps

During a public speech last week, the judge who presided over the super-secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) from 1995 to 2002 criticized the Bush Administration's warrantless domestic surveillance. Judge Royce Lamberth made a simple point that bears repeating: "[J]udges understand the war has to be fought, but it...

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