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How PATRIOT Threatens Online Civil Liberties

Under PATRIOT, civil liberties, especially privacy rights, have taken a severe blow: The law dramatically expands the ability of states and the Federal Government to conduct surveillance of American citizens. The Government can monitor an individual's web surfing records, use roving wiretaps to monitor phone calls made by individuals "proximate...

EFF Analysis of the Security and Freedom Ensured Act (S. 1709)

Supported by a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers and advocacy groups, the Security and Freedom Ensured Act (SAFE) seeks to correct some of the excesses in the hastily enacted USA PATRIOT Act, which granted broad new powers to law enforcement. SAFE aims to protect Americans’ civil liberties by making modest but...

Librarian of Congress Fails Public Interest in Copyright Regulation

Washington, DC - The Librarian of Congress today continued to disregard consumers' rights and denied exemptions to copyright law related to consumers' use of CDs and DVDs that they legally purchase. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) had urged the Register of Copyrights and the Librarian of Congress to grant exemptions...

EFF Analysis Of The Provisions Of The USA PATRIOT Act

Introduction On October 26, 2001, President Bush signed the USA PATRIOT Act (PATRIOT) into law. PATRIOT gave sweeping new powers to both domestic law enforcement and international intelligence agencies and eliminated the checks and balances that previously gave courts the opportunity to ensure that such powers were not abused. Most...

EFF on MIT's LAMP Music System

MIT today announced an innovative solution aimed at giving students an alternative to swapping music online. Built around the existing on-campus cable television infrastructure, it relies on a blanket licensing approach that offers a possible model for solving the Internet file-sharing dilemma. "The students get access to a broad...

More RIAA Lawsuits

The recording industry has started the second round of its campaign against American music fans by sending letters threatening them with lawsuits and offering to discuss settlement. "The record companies still aren't listening to their fans instead of continuing their litigation crusade, the labels should give their customers the option...

ISP Rejects Diebold Copyright Claims Against News Website

San Francisco - Defending the right to link to controversial information about flaws in electronic voting systems, EFF announced today it will defend an Internet Service Provider (ISP) and a news website publisher against claims of indirect copyright infringement from the electronic voting machines' manufacturer. On October 10, 2003, electronic...

SunnComm Backs Down

CD copy-protection vendor SunnComm Technologies has said that it will not sue J. Alex Halderman under the DMCA for publishing a paper that disclosed weaknesses in the company's latest MediaMax protection technology. The final concession comes after a week of off-again, on-again threats against the Princeton computer science...

Electronic Frontier Foundation Defends Alleged Filesharer

Los Angeles, California - EFF today announced that it will defend Ross Plank of Playa Del Rey, California, against a wrongly filed complaint, among the 261 copyright infringement lawsuits the recording industry has filed against individuals. The federal lawsuit filed against Plank in Los Angeles accuses him of making hundreds...

Princeton Researcher Debunks Copy Protection, Again

Princeton computer science student Alex Halderman has released a paper describing a one-click method to bypass the "copy protection" on the recently released Anthony Hamilton CD from BMG. "Halderman's paper illustrates exactly who's hurt by copy protections: the ordinary user, who can't move tracks to his iPod without going...

EFF Welcomes Suspension of VeriSign's SiteFinder Service

EFF welcomed the suspension of VeriSign's SiteFinder service today, after a formal request from ICANN. "We're pleased that ICANN has finally found the will to stand up for the clear interests of Internet users, to stop VeriSign's interference with their network traffic," said Staff Attorney Wendy Seltzer. Staff Technologist Seth...

EFF Analysis on Trusted Computing

EFF today released its analysis of Trusted Computing, supporting some of the security proposals while criticizing those that take control away from computer owners. "Helping computer owners defend their computers against attacks is progress in computer security, but treating computer owners themselves as the bad guys is not," said...

EFF Commentary on Coleman hearings

At Congressional hearings yesterday, the RIAA announced that it was ceasing its campaign of "sue first and ask questions later" in its crusade against American filesharers and would begin to write letters first before launching litigation. "It's too bad that it took episodes like the mistaken lawsuit against the 65-year-old...

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