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Media Conglomerate Threatens Suit Against Gamer Community

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today chided media conglomerate Vivendi Universal Publishing for threatening gamers who created their own multiplayer gaming community. On behalf of its Blizzard Entertainment division, Vivendi sent a "cease and desist" letter to Internet Gateway Inc., the Internet Service Provider (ISP) host of...

EFF Defends Internet Linking

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today filed a brief on behalf of Ditto.com, urging the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a ruling that threatens to make all linking on the World Wide Web a copyright infringement. In order to hold Ditto.com liable for copyright...

Electronic Frontier Foundation Opposes Digital Copyright Law

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today filed an amicus brief in federal district court asking that the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) be found unconstitutional because it impinges on protected speech and stifles technological innovation. The case arises from the criminal prosecution of Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov and Elcomsoft, the...

Electronic Frontier Foundation Opposes Digital Copyright Law

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today filed an amicus brief in federal district court asking that the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) be found unconstitutional because it impinges on protected speech and stifles technological innovation. The case arises from the criminal prosecution of Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov and Elcomsoft, the...

EFF Update on California DeCSS Case

On December 24, 2001, EFF told the California Supreme Court that it need not consider the preliminary injunction issued in the Bunner case. The case arises from Mr. Bunner's republication of DeCSS after it became widely publicly available in late 1999. In November, 2001, the Appellate Court had ruled in...

Professor Pushes for Revised Encryption Regulations

Professor Daniel J. Bernstein today renews his court battle against U.S. government obstructions to Internet security research. Bernstein's court complaint, to be filed today by Rich Winter and Sarah Pace of the Chicago-based firm McBride Baker & Coles, challenges the constitutionality of the government's regulations on cryptography. Internet software uses...

Press Release from Sklyarov/ElcomSoft Legal Team

Dmitry Sklyarov, the Russian Programmer arrested by the FBI in July and detained in the US under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act of 1998, will be home for Christmas. Today, US Federal Court Judge Ronald M. Whyte signed the order approving a Diversion Agreement for this mild mannered Russian intellectual...

US Attorney (N. Dist. CA) Press Release

The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California announced that Dmitry Sklyarov entered into an agreement this morning with the United States and admitted his conduct in a hearing before U.S. District Judge Whyte in San Jose Federal Court. Under the agreement, Mr. Sklyarov agreed to cooperate...

Government Agrees to Defer Prosecution of Dmitry Sklyarov

U.S. Federal Court Judge Ronald Whyte today signed a court agreement permitting Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov to return to his native land after a five-month enforced stay in the U.S. The agreement should eventually clear him of all charges brought against him for distributing software that permits electronic book owners...

Dmitry Sklyarov and Elcomsoft Arraigned in San Jose, CA

Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov and his employer Elcomsoft today pled not guilty to charges of providing electronic book format conversion software in the United States. Sklyarov, who had the benefit of a court interpreter, spoke the plea himself in English. The court heard a five-count grand jury indictment against Elcomsoft...

DoJ Media Release: Sklyarov & Elcomsoft Charged

The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California announced that Elcom Ltd. (also known as Elcomsoft Co. Ltd.) and Dmitry Sklyarov, 27, both of Moscow, Russia, were indicted today by a federal grand jury in San Jose, California on five counts of copyright violations. The defendants were...

Russian Programmer to Appear in California Court

Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov will appear in a California federal court next week, for an arraignment on charges of trafficking in a copyright circumvention device. For programming a software application that appears to be legal in Moscow where he wrote it, Sklyarov -- who is out of custody on $50,000...

Electronic Frontier Foundation Welcomes Sklyarov Counsel

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today welcomed the announcement of Joseph M. Burton as defense attorney for jailed Russian computer scientist Dmitry Sklyarov. Burton has represented Sklyarov since July 20. Sklyarov was arrested July 16 on charges of distributing software that circumvents copyright protections, in violation of provisions of the...

Court Rules That Internet Re-Posting Is Protected Speech

Electronic Frontier Foundation Media Release Oakland, CA - In a trail-blazing 27-page order, Alameda Superior Court Judge James A. Richman dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed against a breast implant awareness activist, finding that it was a meritless SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation). The court held that a 1996 federal...

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