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Petition Urging Smithsonian Sunshine

Back in April 2006, it came to light that the Smithsonian Institution had signed an exclusive 30-year deal with Showtime to create a new cable channel. The catch? It effectively would give Showtime exclusive access to the Smithsonian collections for certain uses. Read our previous posts (1, 2...

Sample Trolls Killing Hip Hop?

Columbia Law Professor Tim Wu identifies an emerging threat to sample-based creativity in hip hop, the "sample troll": The rise of rap presented a golden opportunity for Bridgeport. After years of demanding fees, in 2001, Bridgeport launched nearly 500 counts of copyright infringement against more than 800 artists and labels...

First RFIDs, Now Fingerprints Used to Track Students in Schools

Despite complaints from privacy advocates and parents, schools in states across the country are considering using fingerprint scans to track students. Kids at Sandlapper Elementary in Columbia, South Carolina have their fingerprints scanned to pay for their breakfast and check out library books, while officials at the Hope Elementary School...

Sen. Specter Changing His Tune on FISA Court?

For the last several months, Senator Arlen Specter has pushed for legislation that could threaten vigorous judicial oversight of the NSA spying program by sweeping cases into the shadowy FISA court system. We have urged Specter to let cases proceed through the traditional court system, and, after several...

EFF to Fight Against Spying Case Delays in Friday Hearing

Judge to Consider Next Steps in Class Action Lawsuits San Francisco - On Friday, November 17, at 10:30 a.m., a federal judge in San Francisco will consider the next steps in the Electronic Frontier Foundation's (EFF's) class-action lawsuit against AT&ampT. EFF's suit accuses the telecom giant of collaborating with the...

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