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ASCAP Makes Outlandish Copyright Claims on Cell Phone Ringtones

New York - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) urged a federal court Wednesday to reject bogus copyright claims in a ringtone royalty battle that could raise costs for consumers, jeopardize consumer rights, and curtail new technological innovation.
Millions of Americans have bought musical ringtones, often clips from favorite popular...

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Help Protesters in Iran: Run a Tor Bridge or a Tor Relay

As turmoil over the disputed election in Iran continues, many techs are trying to find ways to help Iranian citizens safely communicate and receive information despite the barriers being established by Iranian authorities. One tactic that even moderately tech-savvy Internet users can employ is to set up a Tor relay...

Several Facts about Google and HTTPS

Three simple facts about Google and HTTPS:One: as we posted last week, we're very pleased to hear that Google is trialling full HTTPS encryption of all Gmail pages.Two: if Google's trials are successful, and the company does indeed make HTTPS encryption the default protocol for reading and writing Gmail...

EFF Demands Public Release of FBI Surveillance Rules

Washington, D.C. - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed suit against the Department of Justice today, demanding the public release of the surveillance guidelines that govern investigations of Americans by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
The FBI's Domestic Investigative Operational Guidelines went into effect in December of 2008...

ASCAP and Copyright Doublespeak

Just a few days ago, we pointed out that ASCAP is arguing in federal court that every time your musical ringtone rings in public, you're violating copyright law by "publicly performing" it without a license. Now ASCAP has fired up its spin control machinery and issued a statement...

Google Considering More HTTPS, Other Services to Follow?

Earlier this week, privacy and security researchers urged Google to improve the security of Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Calendar by enabling the more secure HTTPS encryption by default. As it stands, all users currently log in to Google services over HTTPS. However, most conduct the remaining bulk of...

EFF and Public Knowledge Reluctantly Drop Lawsuit for Information About ACTA

Washington, D.C. - The Obama Administration's decision to support Bush-era concealment policies has forced the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Public Knowledge (PK) to drop their lawsuit about the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). EFF and PK had been seeking important documents about the secret intellectual property enforcement treaty that...

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