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EFFector - Volume 14, Issue 7 - EFF Receives Digital Music Award, Advances Audiovisual Freedom

   
    EFFector       Vol. 14, No. 7       Apr. 20, 2001     editor@eff.org
                                      
   A Publication of the Electronic Frontier Foundation     ISSN 1062-9424
                                      
  IN THE 167th ISSUE OF EFFECTOR (now with over 27,400 subscribers!):
  
     * EFF Needs Your Help
     * EFF Receives Digital Music Award, Advances Audiovisual Freedom
     * Send Us Your Stories About Blocking Products
     * EFF Announces Matching Funds Drive
     * Administrivia
       
   For more information on EFF activities & alerts: http://www.eff.org
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EFF Receives Digital Music Award, Advances Audiovisual Freedom

  EFF to Rock the NY Music & Internet Expo
  
    Civil Liberties Org Advocates for Artist Empowerment & Free Expression
    
      For Immediate Release April 16,2001
      
      Contact:
      
     Robin Gross, EFF Staff Attorney for Intellectual Property,
     +1 415-863-5459
     robin@eff.org
     
   New York: The Electronic Frontier Foundation's (EFF) co-founder and
   board member John Perry Barlow will receive an award at the New York
   Music & Internet Expo, the third annual digital music conference
   geared toward independent musicians. Barlow, a lyricist for the
   Grateful Dead, is being recognized for his work to promote liberty and
   artist empowerment at a private VIP party at Madison Square Garden on
   April 21st.
   
   EFF will also be exhibiting at the conference and producing a panel
   discussion introducing its Campaign for Audiovisual Free Expression
   (CAFE) that advocates for laws and technologies which promote freedom,
   while empowering artists and audiences. Barlow and several EFF staff
   members will participate on the April 21st panel with Free Software
   Foundation's Legal Counsel Eben Moglen to discuss the importance of
   preserving liberty to use audiovisual technology. EFF's CAFE panel
   discussion will explore how artists are effected by the recording
   industry's treatment of fair use, the public domain, privacy concerns,
   and other civil liberties issues related to intellectual property.
   
   "It is extremely prescient of the New York Music & Internet Expo to
   embed a discussion of the EFF's Campaign for Audiovisual Free
   Expression in its program," said the cyber-liberty organization's
   Vice-Chairman John Perry Barlow. "We are honored by the opportunity
   and the award, which I am happy to accept on behalf of EFF."
   
   The online civil liberties group launched CAFE in June 1999 to address
   complex social and legal issues raised by new technological measures
   for protecting intellectual property. EFF believes that new
   intellectual property laws and technologies harm - nearly eliminate -
   the public's fair use rights, and makes criminals of people doing
   perfectly legitimate things. Our Campaign for Audiovisual Free
   Expression (CAFE) advances the following principles in response to the
   Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and related intellectual
   property holder "land grabs" against your rights:

    1. Piracy of an artist's work is illegal. Fair use is not.
    2. We have the right to hear, speak, learn, sing,think, watch, and be
       heard.
    3. No one should assume by default that we're criminals, and the
       technology we use shouldn't do so either.
    4. We have a right to use technology to shift time & space (including
       using a media player of choice, when we want, and where we want,
       with content we legally have access to.)
       
   For more information on EFF's Campaign for Audiovisual Free Expression
   (CAFE), see:
     http://www.eff.org/cafe
   
   Special Presentation: The Electronic Frontier Foundation Presents
   CAFE: A discussion of the EFF's Campaign for Audiovisual Free
   Expression
   April 21, 2001 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm (Room A)

     * John Perry Barlow, Co-Founder, EFF/Grateful Dead Lyricist
     * Eben Moglen, Professor, Columbia Law School
     * John Marttila, EFF CAFE Director
     * Patrick Norager, Radio EFF Station Manager
     * Robin D. Gross, EFF Staff Attorney for Intellectual Property
       (moderator)
       
   For More Information on EFF's Panel Discussion on CAFE, see:
   NY Music & Internet Expo: www.newyorkexpo.com
   
   For More Information of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, see:
     http://www.eff.org
   
   For More Information on the Free Software Foundation, see:
     http://www.fsf.org
   
      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 Wants to Hear Your Stories About Blocking Products

  What Experiences Have You Had with Internet Blocking Products?
  
    Help EFF Let the World Know
    
   EFF is seeking individuals who have had experiences with Internet
   blocking (aka filtering or censorware) products to document how these
   products affect Internet users, especially students in public schools
   and library patrons in public libraries.
   
   Please write up your experiences in as much detail as possible,
   including any supporting product documentation, screen snapshots,
   etc., so that we can best understand and make that information
   available during research and policy evaluations of Internet blocking
   products.
   
   There is also an opportunity to provide input to "a study on tools and
   strategies for protecting kids from pornography and their
   applicability to other inappropriate material on the Internet". At the
   request of the U.S. Congress, the National Research Council (NRC) of
   the National Academies (which include the National Academy of
   Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of
   Medicine) is conducting the study.
   
   The study organizers are seeking a diversity of comments by holding
   hearings in a variety of accessible locations as EFF Online Activist
   Will Doherty discovered when providing comments to them via a video
   conference link at the Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference in
   Cambridge, MA, on March 8, 2001.
   
   Regional meetings and site visits will be held in the following
   locations and on the following dates.

     * Kansas City, MO April 25-26, 200
     * Salt Lake City, UT April 26-27, 2001
     * San Diego, CA May 2-3, 2001
     * Blacksburg/Roanoke, VA May 8-9, 2001
     * Miami, FL, dates to be determined
       
   Whenever possibly, please provide copies of your testimony to EFF for
   use in responding effectively to Internet blocking policy proposals.
   
   Specific locations for open testimony and agendas for each regional
   meeting/site visit are available at:
   http://www4.nas.edu/cpsma/cstb/itas.nsf/44bf87db309563a0852566f2006d63bb/1235607911a65f498525686d0061bf0b?OpenDocument
   
   More information on the project is available at:
   http://www.itasnrc.org
   
   Please send the Internet blocking materials, preferably online, to
   Will Doherty at wild@eff.org
   
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EFF Announces Matching Fund Drive

   Matching Fund Drive: The USENIX Association recently renewed its
   support for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) by committing
   $150,000 over the next three years to protect copyright and fair use
   rights related to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) legal
   cases. EFF is opposing the anticircumvention rules of the DMCA as
   violating constitutional rights to free expression. Help us to match
   this $150,000 amount with your dollars during our April "DMCA/DVD
   legal fund drive." These cases willl cost us $1.5 million over the
   next three years -- we need your help to win.
   
   To contribute, please see our Support EFF pages at:
   http://www.eff.org/support
   or contact EFF's development director Jance Mantell at
   jmantell@eff.org.
   
   The cases build on EFF's earlier precedent-setting victory, Bernstein
   vs. U.S. Department of Justice, where a federal appeals court ruled
   that code is free speech and, therefore, protected by the
   Constitution. The USENIX Association also helped fund the Bernstein
   case in 2000. For more information about the case, refer to DMCA and
   DeCSS Project. For more information about EFF, visit the EFF web site.
   BACKGROUND:
   
   The Digital Millennium Copyright Act was introduced in Congress
   several years before it actually passed in 1998. From its inception,
   the law was rife with problems for free speech and the growth of
   technology. Most particularly, the anticircumvention rules of section
   1201 of the DMCA give content holders much broader rights to digital
   content than they ever held with non-digital content. Concerned about
   fair use and reverse engineering, EFF, with several other groups,
   including members of the library and scientific communities, lobbied
   hard against passage of the DMCA. However, the music, movie and
   software industries, with their bottomless funding bases, lobbied hard
   for its passage, and, ultimately, the DMCA became the law of the land.
   
   This law is problematic on several levels. Most importantly, it will
   eviscerate the public side of the copyright bargain -- the part that
   recognizes that the goal of the copyright monopoly is to give authors
   the incentive to produce works so that eventually those works will
   fall into the public domain or be available for fair use or ordinary
   use to all people. The DMCA effectively eliminates fair use by letting
   content owners use technology to completely control all uses of their
   works. This has already come to a head in the 2600 case (see below),
   where content owners have gone after an electronic newspaper for
   publishing computer code.
   
   Also troublesome is the criminalization of circumvention software
   based upon its possible misuse, even though it has plain and important
   acceptable uses. This has also come to a head in the 2600 case, where
   software that circumvents the encryption code used on DVDs was posted
   on the Internet to facilitate the creation of a DVD player using the
   Linux operating system. The court held that since the software could
   be used to pirate DVDs, it was in violation of the DMCA.
   
   Finally, the impact on science could be quite severe, since those who
   seek to do encryption research that could be used for circumvention by
   others must effectively clear their work ahead of time with the
   content industry or face liability for publishing it. Science rarely
   works that way, even where the results could impact national defense.
   
   The problem presented by section 1201 of the DMCA is that if
   circumventing encryption or providing tools that can circumvent is
   illegal, then you never get to the "use" at all, even if it would be
   deemed fair use. Put another way, it simply doesn't matter if you
   could copy the work legally if accessing the work is itself illegal.
   Similarly, if the providing of tools that allow access to the work is
   banned, then there is no way for most people to exercise the right of
   fair use.
   
   For further information on EFF's Campaign for Audiovisual Free
   Expression (CAFE), also see EFF's website:
   http://www.eff.org/cafe
   
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