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IPRED2 after the Committee

When it was sold to politicians in Brussels, the pitch for the directive on criminal measures aimed at enforcing IP rights in Europe (IPRED2), was all about commercial piracy and counterfeit goods that endanger health and safety. The reality has turned out quite different. The current draft directive — adopted...

Bestselling Author Critiques Intellectual Property

If you're an independent filmmaker or dramatist, you may not have many chances to adapt the works of popular fiction writers. Intellectual property law doesn't make it easy, and the licensing fees alone can make approaching big name authors prohibitively expensive. Jonathan Lethem, however, is one author who is eager...
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GoDaddy, Get a Backbone and Protect Your Users' Rights

A few weeks back, we wrote about how domain name registrar GoDaddy took offline Seclists.org based merely on an informal request and without providing any meaningful notice to the site's operator. Unfortunately, this isn't the only instance in which GoDaddy has carelessly ignored its users' rights. In February, EFF...

PATRIOT Act Apologist Site Didn't Get the Memo

Last week, the Department of Justice Inspector General's office released a damning report documenting the FBI abusing its powers under the PATRIOT Act and violating the law to collect Americans' telephone, Internet, financial, credit, and other personal records about Americans without judicial approval. It appears that not everyone at...

Webcasters, Listeners Fight Back Against Royalty Ruling

Online music radio stations may soon be in deep trouble due to a ruling by the Copyright Royalty Board. The ruling [PDF] means that the rates that most webcasters pay to license sound recordings will more than double over the next several years. Most nonsubscription, noninteractive webcasters pay a...

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