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Are You Infected with Sony-BMG's Rootkit?

EFF Confirms Secret Software on 19 CDs San Francisco - News that some Sony-BMG music CDs install secret rootkit software on their owners' computers has shocked and angered thousands of music fans in recent days. Among the cause for concern is Sony's refusal to publicly list which CDs contain the...

Are You Infected by Sony-BMG's Rootkit?

As we've mentioned before, Sony-BMG has been using copy-protection technology called XCP in its recent CDs. You insert your CD into your Windows PC, click "agree" in the pop up window, and the CD automatically installs software that uses rootkit techniques to cloak itself from you. Sony-BMG has...

News Website Can Keep Domain Name After Trademark Fight

AcompliaReport.com Settles Fair Use Dispute with Drug Company San Francisco - A medical news website, with the assistance of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), has settled a dispute with a French pharmaceutical giant over using the name of a trademarked medication, Acomplia. The settlement came after EFF filed suit on...

Sony-BMG rootkit DRM in a Nutshell

Molly Wood over at CNET has done a wonderful job summarizing what Sony-BMG's "rootkit" CD copy-protection is all about, and why it's such a bad thing: So, let's make this a bit more explicit. You buy a CD. You put the CD into your PC in order to...

Big Win for Fair Use in Colorado Court

For years, EFF has been following a case in Colorado District Court involving Family Flicks and Play it Clean Video -- companies that make and distribute copies of movies with sexual and violent content removed. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and a number of prominent Hollywood directors claim...

Justice Department Not Appealing Cell Phone Surveillance Cases

DOJ's Decision Denies Courts Guidance on When to Authorize Tracking San Francisco - The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has told the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) that it will not appeal a New York decision that forcefully rejected its request to track a cell phone user without first showing probable...

File-Sharing Lawsuits Fail to Deter P2P Downloaders

RIAA v. The People: Two Years Later Chicago - It's been two years since the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) started suing music fans who share songs online. Thousands of Americans have been hit by lawsuits, but both peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing and the litigation continue unabated. In a...

Report from Hearing on National Security Letters

Today the Second Circuit Court of Appeals heard argument in the case of Doe v. Gonzales, considering whether National Security Letters (NSLs) are unconstitutional. NSLs are secret subpoenas for communications logs, issued directly by the FBI without any judicial oversight. These secret subpoenas allow the FBI to demand that online...

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