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JibJab Media v. Ludlow Music ("This Land"Parody)

This Song Belongs to You and Me Standing up for the public's right to make legal, fair uses of copyrighted material, EFF successfully defended the creators of a parody flash animation piece using Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" - and uncovered evidence that the classic folk song is...
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Johnson v. Barras

EFF and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of the National Capital Area asked a Washington D.C. court to dismiss claims against a nonprofit watchdog organization and its operators arguing that federal law and the First Amendment protect them from liability in a defamation lawsuit.
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Jones Day v Blockshopper

EFF and Public Citizen joined by Public Knowledge and Citizen Media Law Project have urged a federal judge in Chicago to dismiss a law firm's baseless trademark claims which were apparently aimed at quashing speech by an online news site.
The firm of Jones Day filed the lawsuit against...

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Junger v. US Department of State

Junger sought an injunction against the enforcement of provisions of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations that require him to get the permission of the State Department's Office of Defense Trade Controls (the "ODTC") before he can communicate information about cryptographic software to foreign persons "whether in the United States...

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Kelly v. Arriba Soft

Ditto.com (formerly known as Arriba Soft) was an early image search engine similar to Google's Image Search. So for example by entering "sailboat" into the Ditto website the searcher would be shown a selection of images of sailboats from around the Web. Ditto both presented the images in reduced form...

KSR v. Teleflex

Teleflex Inc. sued the defendant KSR International, claiming that one of KSR's products infringed its patent on connecting an adjustable vehicle control pedal to an electronic throttle control. KSR argued that merely combining these two elements was obvious and therefore not patentable. KSR won at the district court level only...

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Landmark Education and the Internet Archive

EFF protected anonymous speech and fought off a controversial self-help group's abuse of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The DMCA's subpoena process is ripe for abuse, because it lets content owners unmask an alleged infringer without first filing an actual lawsuit. Landmark Education sent subpoenas to Google and the...

Lava v. Amurao

EFF defended a target of a recording industry lawsuit filing a brief in a New York district court urging the judge to allow the man to fight back with counterclaims of his own.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has already moved to dismiss copyright infringement claims against...

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Lenz v. Universal

After more than 10 years of litigation, Stephanie Lenz and Universal Music Publishing Group have resolved their dispute, often referred to as the “Dancing Baby” case.Stephanie Lenz, represented by EFF, filed the lawsuit in 2007 after YouTube removed a video in response to Universal’s false copyright complaint. The video is...

Lexmark v. Static Control Case Archive

EFF helped defend a printer cartridge company against a competitor's overreaching copyright claims under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Lexmark brought a DMCA lawsuit against Static Controls in an effort to eliminate the market for remanufactured or refilled Lexmark toner cartridges, which would have forced owners of Lexmark laser...
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Long Haul v Regents of the University of California

EFF and the ACLU of Northern California filed suit in federal court on January 14, 2009 to protect the privacy and free speech rights of two San Francisco Bay Area community organizations after the groups' computers were seized and the data copied by federal and local law enforcement. Both organizations,...

Macrovision v. Sima

In 2005, Macrovision sued Sima to block the sale of the Sima CopyThis! (CT-1, CT-Q1, CT-100, CT-2, CT-200) and GoDVD (SCC, and SCC-2) products, which are designed to digitize analog video, such as the analog video outputs of DVD players and analog VCRs. The Macrovision Analog Copy Protection (ACP) signals...

Manalapan v. Moskovitz

On June 13, 2007, the New Jersey Township of Manalapan filed a malpractice suit against its former attorney Stuart Moskovitz, alleging misconduct regarding the Township's purchase of polluted land in 2005. The decision to file suit was met by a lively debate in the regional press and among local bloggers....

Marvel v. NCSoft

Marvel is suing NCSoft and Cryptic makers of the massively popular multiplayer online game "City of Heroes " for copyright and trademark infringement. Marvel claims that because players in the game who create superhero characters to send on in-game missions can make characters that look like Wolverine or the Incredible...

MBTA v. Anderson

Three students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) were ordered by a federal court judge to cancel their scheduled presentation at DEFCON about vulnerabilities in Boston's transit fare payment system, violating their First Amendment right to discuss their important research.
The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) sued the...

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