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ReplayTV Users Seek Class Action in "Digital Betamax" Case

A group of ReplayTV owners will ask a court on Monday to allow all owners of ReplayTV digital video recorders to join an ongoing lawsuit to protect consumers' rights to skip over television commercials and send recorded programs from one digital device to another. Date: Monday, January 12, 2004 Time...

Johansen Acquittal Final

The Norwegian authorities have decided not to appeal the aquittal of Jon Johansen to the Norwegian Supreme Court. Johansen was prosecuted for his role in the creation of DeCSS software that decrypts DVDs so that they can be played on computers running the Linux operating system. "The prosecution of Johansen...

EFF on Pew Downloading Report

The Pew Internet and American Life Project today issued a report suggesting that use of peer-to-peer networks for downloading music has fallen in the wake of the recording industry's lawsuit campaign. "While the RIAA's crusade may have discouraged some downloaders, today's Pew study shows that 1 in every 7...

Forest Service Drops Plans to Ignore Public Voice

"Allowing ordinary people to influence the rules that affect their lives through website 'action centers' is one of the best benefits of the technology revolution," said EFF Legal Director Cindy Cohn. "The Forest Service is right to listen to the opposition presented by a broad coalition of groups, led by...

RIAA Hires Head of ATF for Piracy Enforcement

The RIAA announced yesterday that they have hired Bradley A. Buckles, director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), to head up their anti-piracy unit. "This is just another example of the RIAA's ongoing plan to treat American consumers like criminals instead of customers," said EFF...

EFF on Chamberlain v. Skylink DMCA Garage Door Opener Case

The Northern District of Illinois District Court today ruled that the universal garage door clicker sold by Skylink Technologies that interoperates with Chamberlain Group garage door openers does not violate the DMCA "We're pleased the court recognized consumers' reasonable expectation that they can replace lost or damaged remote controls...

FCC Tramples Fair Use, Adopts Broadcast Flag

"The broadcast flag rule forces manufacturers to remove useful features from television products you can buy today," said EFF Staff Technologist Seth Schoen. "The FCC has decided that the way to get Americans to adopt digital DTV is to make it cost more and do less."

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...

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