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Fair Use and Digital Rights Management: Preliminary Thoughts on the (Irreconcilable?) Tension between Them

March 2005 Fred von Lohmann Senior Intellectual Property Attorney Electronic Frontier Foundation Digital rights management (DRM) technologiesare aimed at increasing the kinds and/or scope of control that rights-holderscan assert over their intellectual property assets. In the wake of the DigitalMillennium Copyright Act's (DMCA) ban on the circumvention of DRM technologiesused...

Court Crushes Online Journalists' Rights

EFF Asking California Appellate Court to Intervene Santa Clara - Today Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge James Kleinberg ruled that an online journalist's Internet service provider (ISP) can be required to reveal the identities of the reporter's confidential sources to attorneys from Apple Computer, Inc. The court rejected...

What You Can Do About WIPO

Brazilian copyright scholar Pedro de Paranaguá Moniz has drafted a public letter arguing for broad reform in the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) -- including putting an end to the procedural blockades the organization has erected to stop public-interest organizations from fully participating in the decisionmaking over ...

Grokster Send-off Party - You're Invited!

The argument for MGM v. Grokster is almost upon us, and we would like to send our team off to the Supreme Court in style. We'd also like to take the chance to thank all our colleagues, friends, and supporters who have helped us immeasurably in preparing for this...

WIPO Shutting Out Public Interest Organizations

Experts on Development Won't Be Heard at Crucial Meetings Geneva - Last week, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) announced that it will shut out most public interest organizations at two important meetings devoted to intellectual property and development. As a result, WIPO delegates from 182 nations will discuss these...

No Ruling Issued Yet in Apple Case

Rights of Online Journalists Hang in the Balance San Jose - A Santa Clara County Superior Court judge today said that he would take under consideration a motion brought by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) that asked the court to protect three online journalists from having to reveal the identities...

Slowly, Sunshine Creeping Into Texas E-voting Process

Prior to this week, Texas voters were effectively locked out of the decision-making process surrounding the certification of voting technology, electronic or otherwise. In an insular process that unavoidably sheltered them from the concerns of concerned citizens, state examiners previously met in private with e-voting vendors to discuss the pros...

MGM v. Grokster: Intel Speaks

Intel Corporation, "the world's largest manufacturer of semiconductors," has this to say about MGM v. Grokster in its brief [PDF] filed today: The clear rule of law this Court announced in Sony has served the nation well for more than 20 years. Intel, which provides the digital building...

Who Owns Your Desktop? You Do!

Google's Auto-Link adds links to certain kinds of content that appears on web pages (like a link to Google Maps for addresses, or Amazon for ISBNs). Some people (like Dan Gillmor) are viewing this with suspicion. (The Trademark Blog has collected the commentary.) They shouldn't. The issue...

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