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Funding the War On File Sharing

You may not agree with the recording industry's litigation campaign against people who use peer-to-peer file-sharing networks. No matter. Under legislation introduced Thursday by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), you'd still have to pay for it. The legislation in question is the Protecting Intellectual Rights...

RFID "Security": Point/Counterpoint

BusinessWeek published an interview last week with Scott McGregor of Phillips Semiconductor. Phillips is a leader in developing radio frequency identification (RFID) technology; Mr. McGregor breezily waves away concerns about the impact RFID use would have on privacy. EFF's Chris Palmer took a quick look at...

Ch.4 on Profanity

At a time when the FCC is working itself into a lather over the notion that the "f-word" might be spoken on the air, it's good to be reminded that not all countries share our obsession with George Carlin's famous list of words. The UK's Channel 4 crafted an...

"Eldred" III

First there was Eldred v. Ashcroft, in which Internet publisher Eric Eldred challenged Congress's power to extend the term of copyright seemingly ad infinitum--and failed. Then there was Golan v. Ashcroft, in which music conductor Lawrence Golan continues to fight Congress's "restoration" of copyrights to works that have...

European Parliament Adopts Controversial IP Enforcement Directive

The European Parliament today voted to adopt an overbroad Directive on Intellectual Property Enforcement that gives rightsholders powerful new enforcement tools to use against intellectual property infringers. EFF opposed the proposed Directive because it did not distinguish between unintentional, non-commercial infringement by consumers and for-profit criminal counterfeiting enterprises. "Under this...

FCC Faces Suit on Regulation of Digital Broadcast Television

Washington, D.C. - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) joined five library associations, Public Knowledge, the Consumer Federation of America, and the Consumers Union in suing the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last week to block overbroad regulation of next-generation televisions and related devices. "The FCC's digital broadcast television mandate is a...

321 Studios Counts Down for Fair Use Rights

EFF encourages the public to speak out for fair use rights by participating in the week-long campaign led by 321 Studios, makers of the popular DVD backup software recently enjoined by a California district court. "The public's rights to fair use of copyrighted works should not disappear in the face...

Court Overturns Ban on Posting DeCSS

The California Court of Appeal Sixth Appellate District today overturned a 1999 injunction against Andrew Bunner that prohibited him from posting DeCSS DVD decryption computer code, because it found that the DVD-Copy Control Association did not present evidence that CSS was still a trade secret. "We are thrilled that...

European Parliament Considers Warped Intellectual Property Directive

San Francisco, CA - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today asked concerned Europeans to contact Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) prior to a March 8 vote on a controversial proposed directive on Intellectual Property Enforcement. EFF is asking Europeans to seek an amendment that would limit application of the...

Trademark Law Shouldn't Prejudice Internet Ads

New York, NY - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) yesterday asked a federal appeals court to reverse a lower court decision involving the right to provide online advertisements during web browsing. Online contact lens distributor 1-800 Contacts, Inc., won an initial trademark violation lawsuit against WhenU.com, Inc., in October 2002...

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