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Leahy Opposes Expansion of CALEA

Senator Patrick Leahy, the chief sponsor of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act CALEA), had a few strong words for the FCC ruling that would expand the CALEA to broadband ISPs and VoIP providers. In a statement Leahy writes "The expansion of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement...

All Writs Redux

Previously, we wrote about the DOJ's attempts to justify invasive surveillance with the All Writs Act, a federal law that empowers federal courts to issue any "necessary or appropriate" court order. The government was trying to convince Federal Magistrate Judge Orenstein that he could authorize the government to track...

Want to Take a Bite Out of the DMCA? Now's the Time

As part of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), Congress instructed the U.S. Copyright Office to consider every three years whether we need exemptions to the DMCA's blanket ban on circumventing "technological protection measures" (aka Digital Rights Management or DRM) used to lock up copyrighted works. So if you want...

More Google Print

Professor Tim Wu has posted a great analysis of the fight between authors and Google Print. Rather than plowing the familiar fair use debate, Tim asks the right question - what will this mean for authors and the public? Consider what it would mean, by analogy, if map-makers needed...

How Far Would You Go For Muni WiFi?

It's hard not to fall in love with the idea of municipal wireless Internet access. No more trudging around with your laptop looking for hot-spots—you could just sit on a park bench, fire up your computer, and jump online. And what an easy way to erase the digital divide. People...

A New Gaming Feature: Spyware

Rejoice gaming fans, for the latest new "feature" of Blizzard Entertainment's smash hit multi-player online videogame World of Warcraft is here! No, it's not a new Sword of Destruction or Staff of Power—it's spyware! Yes, unbeknownst to many gamers, World of Warcraft now has an unwanted special feature—a hidden program...

Your Artist Remuneration Dollars at Work: Broadcast Flag Update #3

The story so far: the MPAA's href="http://p2pnet.net/story/6629">multi-million dollar travelling salesmen had descended on Washington, pitching and wheedling to get the href="http://www.eff.org/broadcastflag/three_minute_guide.php">Broadcast Flag language, which would give Hollywood control of your digital TV and a veto on future TV tech, into law. In the House, the MPAA...

Barney's Temper Tantrum

Barney the purple dinosaur is throwing another temper tantrum that his little fans would envy. And his fury is even less justified than that of a three-year-old who wants an ice cream. Lawyers for the TV character have sent another cease and desist notice to the creator of a Barney...

Wrapping Up WIPO

Geneva - Our latest trip to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) ended last week, and we registered victories on all three of the issues that we've been following. First, the Development Agenda -- which looks at WIPO's impact on developing nations -- will continue to be a central part...

Schwarzenegger Signs Key E-voting Bill

After months of uncertainty, supporters of reliable elections earned a huge victory on Friday when Governor Schwarzenegger signed SB 370, a bill designed to plug critical holes in the state's rules governing audits and paper trail requirements. While California led the nation by passing one of the first laws...

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