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EFFector - Volume 14, Issue 11 - EFF Answers Court Queries in DVD Decryption Free Speech Case

   
    EFFector       Vol. 14, No. 11       June 2, 2001     editor@eff.org
                                      
   A Publication of the Electronic Frontier Foundation     ISSN 1062-9424
                                      
    IN THE 171st ISSUE OF EFFECTOR (now with over 27,500 subscribers!):
    
     * EFF Answers Court Queries in DVD Decryption Free Speech Case
     * Schools & Libraries Have Time for CHIPA Decisionmaking
     * EFF Housewarming Party and BayFF at our New Location on Shotwell
       Street
     * California Internet Blocking Bill Dies in Committee
     * Know Where EFF Can Find a Conference Table in the SF Bay Area?
       
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EFF Answers Court Queries in DVD Decryption Free Speech Case

  2600 Magazine Relies On New Supreme Court Precedent
  
    Electronic Frontier Foundation Media Release
    
    For Immediate Release -- May 30, 2001
    
    Contact:
    
     Cindy Cohn, EFF Legal Director
     cindy@eff.org
     +1 415 436 9333 x108
     
     Kathleen Sullivan, Stanford Law School Dean
     sullivan@law.stanford.edu
     
   New York -- The Electronic Frontier Foundation today filed its answers
   to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals' request for additional
   briefing in a case concerning 2600 Magazine's right to publish DeCSS
   software. After Stanford Dean Kathleen Sullivan argued for the defense
   on the May 1st hearing; on May 8 the Court asked the parties to answer
   11 additional questions that focused on EFF's First Amendment
   arguments.
   
   2600 Magazine had published the software on its Website as part of its
   news coverage of the debate surrounding technological protection
   measures placed on DVDs. The movie studios obtained an injunction
   under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act banning the magazine from
   publishing or linking to the code.
   
   "The questions show how seriously the court is considering the First
   Amendment issues in this case," stated Dean Sullivan.
   
   "The Supreme Court just reaffirmed the press' right to publish
   truthful information that is of public interest in the recent
   Bartnicki v. Vopper ruling," added Cindy Cohn, EFF's Legal Director,
   referring to a U.S. Supreme Court decision of May 21 that held that a
   member of the media could not be held liable for broadcasting an
   illegally taped conversation. "We are hopeful the 2nd Circuit will
   look closely at this case and see the parallels to 2600's intended
   publication."
   
   The Movie studios have sued 2600 Magazine under a 1998 law that
   prevents even the publication of programs that can allow access to
   DVDs or other digital media. Most recently the law was used to
   frighten a team led by Princeton Computer Science Professor, Edward
   Felten, from presenting a paper describing how to break proposed
   watermarks on CDs at a scientific conference.
   
   EFF's responses to the Court's questions are available at:
     http://eff.org/IP/Video/MPAA_DVD_cases/20010530_ny_eff_supl_brief.html
   
   Exhibit memo for EFF's Supplemental brief:
     http://eff.org/IP/Video/MPAA_DVD_cases/20010530_ny_eff_supl_exhib.html
   
   MPAA's supplemental brief:
     http://eff.org/IP/Video/MPAA_DVD_cases/20010530_ny_mpaa_supl_brief.html

   The text of the order with the court's questions is available at:
     http://eff.org/IP/Video/MPAA_DVD_cases/20010508_ny_augment_order.html
   
   An informal transcript of the oral argument and more information about
   this case are all available on the EFF website at:
     http://eff.org/pub/IP/Video/MPAA_DVD_cases/
   
   For additional information see:
     http://www.acm.org/usacm/IP/DMCA-release.html
   
    About EFF:
    
   The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading civil liberties
   organization working to protect rights in the digital world. Founded
   in 1990, EFF actively encourages and challenges industry and
   government to support free expression, privacy, and openness in the
   information society. EFF is a member-supported organization and
   maintains one of the most linked-to Web sites in the world:
     http://www.eff.org
   
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    EFF Alert:
    
Schools & Libraries Have Time for CHIPA Decisionmaking

  EFF Urges Pacing Compliance with Progress on Legal Challenges
  
   The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is pleased to report that
   schools and libraries have considerable time to consider options for
   compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CHIPA or
   CIPA). Since ACLU/EFF and American Library Association lawsuits
   pending against CHIPA will likely result in injunctions preventing
   enforcement, schools and libraries who disagree with requirements for
   Internet blocking technology may move more deliberately in complying
   with the likely unconstitutional law.
   
   According to clarifications from the Schools and Libraries Division
   (SLD) of the Universal Service Administrative Company, schools and
   libraries seeking to retain federal grants and discounts under
   programs such as E-Rate and LSTA will have more time than some
   previously thought to comply with CHIPA.
   
   Although schools and libraries must "undertake actions" to comply with
   CHIPA starting July 1, 2001, in order to receive E-Rate Year 4
   funding, they may meet this requirement by making progress on
   technology protection measures, Internet safety policies, and/or
   public notice and hearing on these matters and certify that they have
   "undertaken actions" by the deadline of October 28, 2001.
   
   For Year 5, SLD reports that schools and libraries must actually have
   technology protection measures, Internet safety policies, and public
   notices and hearings completed by July 1, 2002, and certify by October
   28, 2002, in order to receive Internet-related discounts.
   
   If state or local procurement rules or regulations or competitive
   bidding requirements prevent CHIPA certification, schools and
   libraries may seek a waiver and provide notification that they will be
   in compliance before the start of the third funding year, which for
   most applicants will be Year 6.
   
   Similar requirements apply for LSTA funding.
   
   For more information on the certification deadlines, see:
    http://www.sl.universalservice.org/whatsnew/MISC/CIPA051801.asp
   
   For more information on the Children's Internet Protection Act and
   related issues, see EFF's Blue Ribbon Campaign page at:
    http://www.eff.org/br/
   
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EFF Housewarming Party and BayFF at our New Location on Shotwell Street

  Come Celebrate Our 11th Anniversary, See Our New Home, Meet Board Members and
  Staff, and Learn More About the Work We Do
  
   WHAT: EFF's Housewarming "BayFF"
   WHEN: Tuesday, July 10th, 2001 at 7:00 PM Pacific Time
   WHERE: Electronic Frontier Foundation
   454 Shotwell Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
   
   This is a night to celebrate! July 10th is:
     * EFF's eleventh birthday
     * The one year anniversary of BayFF's exciting re-launch
     * EFF's formal welcome of the public to our new home
       
   This event is free and open to the general public. There will be
   plenty of food, drink, music, and a blessing of our new office space
   by a Tibetan Lama.
   
   The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading civil liberties
   organization working to protect rights in the digital world. For more
   information, please see EFF's website ( http://www.eff.org ), or
   contact:
   Katina Bishop
   Director of Education and Offline Activism
   +1-415-436-9333 ext 101
   katina@eff.org
   
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California Internet Blocking Bill Dies in Committee

   Known to some as "child of CHIPA", California Assembly Bill 151,
   designed to force libraries receiving state Internet-related funding
   to install Internet blocking technologies, has died in the
   appropriations committee.
   
   Thanks to EFF members in California who let the Assembly committee
   members know their opinions on this bill.
   
   The full text of the bill, as last amended, is available at:
   http://eff.org/Censorware/Foreign_and_local/CA/20010416_ca_ab151_bill.html
   
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Know Where EFF Can Find a Conference Table in the San Francisco Bay Area?

   The Electronic Frontier Foundation seeks a conference table for our SF
   office of dimensions approximately 15-17 feet by 4-5 feet for use in
   our large conference room. Ideally, this would be a nice wood table,
   but we would consider other materials as well. Donation (deductible to
   the extent permitted by law) or discount on a table would be very
   helpful, as it would spruce up the conference room immensely and
   permit us to convert the existing cobbled-together tables into desks
   for four EFF interns! We are also looking for quality office chairs.
   
     Please contact:
     Henry Schwan
     EFF Asst. Webmaster
     +1 415-626-8167 x114
     owlswan@eff.org
     
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