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Release the Hounds

How does one become a voting lobbyist? Enthusiastic activists from 26 states are just now finishing up three hours of training from event coordinators that included a briefing on HR 550 and similar Senate legislation, a run-down on how to conduct a successful and effective meeting with Congressional staff, media...

Transparent Lobbying Meets Transparent Voting

Feel like your democracy is a bit opaque these days? Beginning tomorrow, EFF will help shed a little light in two interconnected ways. On Thursday and Friday, June 9th and 10th, EFF will provide a series of weblog reports of a two-day lobbying effort by a coalition of activist groups...

Websites Invade Your Privacy to Charge You More

CNN has a report detailing an unsavory practice euphemistically called "price customization." In short, websites examine the web data you automatically shed (cookies, IP address, etc.) so they can charge you a different price for a product or service depending on your "identity" and shopping habits. The article...

Offering != Distribution

Judge Marilyn Patel issued a ruling (PDF) Wednesday that settles an important question in the ongoing Napster (yes, Napster) case -- whether under the law, simply offering copyrighted material to others (say, by listing it in an index) means you're distributing it. The record label lawyers, as ...

CommDaily: MPAA May Not Seek Broadcast Flag in DTV Bill

Extraordinarily good news from Communications Daily (behind a pay wall , unfortunately): The Motion Picture Association of America is unlikely to push for a broadcast flag component in DTV legislation establishing a 2008 hard date because the bill's main author, House Commerce Committee Chairman Joe Barton (R-TX), is...

ISP Liability Debate in Regulation Magazine

The most recent edition of Regulation , a magazine published by the Cato Institute , includes an excellent article entitled "Against ISP Liability" [ PDF ] by Cato's own Jim Harper. Jim's article responds to an earlier article by Professor Douglas Lichtman, "Holding Internet Service Providers Accountable" [...

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