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Global Net Censorship in 2009: For The Children, for the Rightsholders

Across the world, politicians perennially declare their intention to purge or blacklist websites they fear are damaging to children or the public welfare. The call for censorship hasn't stopped, despite many years of evidence that pervasive Net censorship is invasive, infeasible, and href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-a-santoro-and-wendy-goldberg/chinese-internet-censorsh_b_156212.html">economically damaging. Nor is it likely to...

@EFF is on Twitter

We've just started an EFF account on Twitter, the popular social networking service. It's a bit of an experiment — we're not really sure how we'll wind up using it. But expect to see everything from breaking news to random trivialities to conversations between EFF members and supporters. If...

Larry Lessig on The Colbert Report

Last night, Larry Lessig, a close ally and former board member of EFF, chatted with Stephen Colbert about Lessig's new book Remix, and how America's broken copyright laws are criminalizing our kids: %3Cembed%20src%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fmedia.mtvnservices.com%2Fmgid%3Acms%3Aitem%3Acomedycentral.com%3A215454%26autoPlay%3Dtrue%22%20width%3D%22360%22%20height%3D%22301%22%20type%3D%22application%2Fx-shockwave-flash%22%20wmode%3D%22window%22%20allowfullscreen%3D%22true%22%20flashvars%3D%22autoPlay%3Dtrue%22%20allowscriptaccess%3D%22always%22%20allownetworking%3D%22all%22%20bgcolor%3D%22%23000000%22%3E%3C%2Fembed%3E Privacy info. This embed will serve content from mtvnservices.com Colbert: You...

Fox News Censors Political Expression

In a scenario that has become depressingly familiar, a news organization has again used the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") to censor legitimate political speech. Citizen Media Law Project reports that YouTube cancelled Progress Illinois' YouTube channel after Fox News had sent three notices of copyright infringement demanding the...

Apple Shows Us DRM's True Colors

At this week's Macworld Expo, Apple announced that by April, music from the iTunes Store will no longer be shackled by digital rights management (DRM). Finally, DRM is good and fully dead for digital music -- gone from CDs, gone from downloads, and largely dead for streaming. ...

UMG v. Veoh: Another Victory for Web 2.0

Over the holidays, video hosting site Veoh won another victory under the DMCA safe harbors, this time against Universal Music Group (UMG). The ruling should put to rest the argument that transcoding and other activities necessary for making content accessible on the web are not...

Keith Henson Appeal: Time to Undo an Injustice

The well-known Scientology protester Keith Henson has filed an appeal to the Appellate Division of the Riverside County Superior Court of his criminal conviction in 2001 of misdemeanor "interfering with a religion" for picketing in front of a Scientology "base" in Hemet, CA. The ruling was roundly criticized as...

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