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EFFector - Volume 15, Issue 27 - EFF, Verizon Guard Client Privacy, Consumers v. RIAA on P2P Anonymity


EFFector - Volume 15, Issue 27 - EFF, Verizon Guard Client Privacy, Consumers v. RIAA on P2P Anonymity

EFFector      Vol. 15, No. 27       September 6, 2002

A Publication of the Electronic Frontier Foundation     ISSN 1062-9424

In the 226th Issue of EFFector:

    * EFF, Verizon Guard Client Privacy, Consumers v. RIAA on P2P    
    * Report on Pavlovich Hearing Before California Supreme Court
    * EFF to Auction Wil Wheaton's Barney-Beating Boxing Gloves
    * Deep Links: The National Journal on the Hollywood v. Tech War
    * Deep Links: Death Knell Sounded for Web Radio?
    * Administrivia

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* Electronic Frontier Foundation, Verizon Guard Client Privacy,   
Consumers v. Recording Industry on Internet Anonymity

Washington, DC - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and eleven
other consumer and privacy groups last week sided with Verizon in its
struggle to protect customer privacy.

The groups urged a federal court to prevent the Recording Industry
Association of America (RIAA) from forcing Internet Service Provider
Verizon to identify a customer the RIAA has accused of offering
infringing music on a peer-to-peer system.

"The court should require careful judicial consideration of facts
supporting any accusations and hear the other side of the story before
violating the privacy of an Internet user," said EFF Legal Director
Cindy Cohn. "The RIAA asked the court to throw a long history of
protection of anonymous speech out the window as soon as someone
suspects copyright infringement on a peer-to-peer system."

EFF, along with over a dozen other groups, including the National
Consumers League, Electronic Privacy Information Center, Media Action
Project, Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, and the
nation's oldest general farm organization The Grange, filed a "friend
of the court" brief urging that the same strong protections that apply
for anonymous speech in other contexts also apply for claims of
copyright infringement.

"The right to anonymous speech is as old as this nation," noted Megan
Gray, who wrote the brief on behalf of the groups. "The authors of the
Federalist Papers relied on anonymity and a growing body of law
recognizes that anonymous Internet speakers deserve the same anonymity
protections as those who use pen and ink."

"Our privacy and free speech rights should not be collateral damage in
the RIAA's war against the digital music revolution," added Cohn.

The groups who have signed on to the consumer privacy amicus brief
are, in alphabetical order:

* Alliance for Public Technology

* Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility

* Consumer Alert

* Electronic Frontier Foundation

* Electronic Privacy Information Center

* Media Access Project

* National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry (Grange)

* National Consumers League

* Privacy Rights Clearinghouse

* Privacyactivism

* Public Knowledge

* Utility Consumers' Action Network

RIAA v. Verizon was filed in Washington, DC, federal district court.

EFF and other groups' amicus brief in RIAA v. Verizon:

For this release:

Original filing in RIAA v. Verizon:

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* California Supreme Court Considers Internet Jurisdiction Case

San Francisco - The California Supeme Court heard oral arguments on
September 5, 2002, in a case that tests the limits of California's
jurisdiction over out-of-state web publishers. Texas resident Matthew
Pavlovich, founder of the LiVid open-source software project, was sued
by DVD-CCA based upon claims that he was involved in the publication
of DeCSS on the LiVid website in 1999. The DVD-CCA is the Hollywood
studios' DVD-licensing body, but it did not even own the license to
the CSS software at the time of the claimed publication by Pavlovich.
The LiVid project was working on developing a DVD player for Linux

Pavlovich claims that he is not subject to the state of California's
jurisdiction since he doesn't live in California and has had no
contacts to the state. His only "act" here was affilition with a
passive website onto which DeCSS was published. The issue for the
court to decide is whether simply publishing information on the
Internet can be a sufficient basis to force a non-resident into court
in California to litigate the underlying claims when the claimed
"effect" of the publication is to hurt industries that are based on
California. Both state and federal constitutions provide guarantees of
due process of law which could be upset if the high court opens the
floodgates of litigation by finding it has jurisdiction in this case.

EFF/Pavlovich Opening Brief to Calif. Supreme Court:

EFF "Intellectual Property: DVD CCA (DVD Content Control Association)
Case" Archive:

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* EFF to Auction Wil Wheaton's Barney-Beating Boxing Gloves

On August 22nd, 2002, Wil Wheaton (Stand By Me, Star Trek: The Next
Generation, Internet Activist-Extraordinaire) routed Barney the purple
dinosaur at a benefit for the Electronic Frontier Foundation's CAFE
project. Now YOU can own a piece of the magic.

That's right: we're auctioning Wil Wheaton's boxing gloves.

If you saw the fight, you know what these are capable of. If you
missed it, here's your chance to own a piece of celebrity boxing
history! Each glove has an ultra-hip caricature of the contenders by
Ben Claasen ( and all proceeds benefit the
Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Check out the auction at:

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Deep Links
Deep Links features noteworthy news items, victories, and threats from
around the Internet.

* The National Journal on the Hollywood v. Tech War
Drew Clark and Bara Vaida on the increasingly bitter war that
Hollywood is waging on the high-tech industry. Read it at:

* Death Knell Sounded for Web Radio?
CNET article on a recent report by Jupiter Research on how
the new webcasting royalty rates may bankrupt Internet radio. Check it
out at:

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* Administrivia

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