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EFFector - Volume 21, Issue 34 - YouTube Anti-Scientology Takedowns: Good News, Bad News

EFFector Vol. 21, No. 34  October 3, 2008  editor@eff.org

A Publication of the Electronic Frontier Foundation
ISSN 1062-9424

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In our 486th issue:

* THIS WEEK, EFF PUBLISHED A REPORT COVERING FIVE YEARS OF
THE RIAA'S CAMPAIGN TO SUE MUSIC FANS, calling attention to
recent events that demonstrate the RIAA's "education"
campaign is meeting stinging skepticism from courts,
academics, and state watchdog groups. Even with more than
30,000 Americans targeted for legal action, peer-to-peer
(P2P) downloading continues unabated, and alternative
methods of sharing files proliferate. After five years of
futile, unfair litigation, the RIAA needs to stop suing
fans and make P2P work for users and music artists.

For the full report:
http://www.eff.org/wp/riaa-v-people-years-later

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EFF Updates

* Chinese Skype Client Facilitates Spying
Information Warfare Monitor published a disturbing report
on the Skype client that uses keywords to censor and snitch
on users.
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2008/10/chinese-skype-client-hands-confidential-communicat

* YouTube Anti-Scientology Takedowns: Good News, Bad News
Despite YouTube's proactive protection of users' speech, a
wave of abusive takedowns leaves important questions about
privacy and the DMCA takedown process.
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2008/09/youtube-anti-scientology-takedowns-good-news-bad-n-0

* Why MPAA Should Lose Against RealDVD
The MPAA didn't waste time in suing RealNetworks for
software that allows DVDs to be copied to the user's hard
drive, but fatal flaws in the MPAA's legal theory should
sink their first salvo.
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2008/10/why-mpaa-should-lose-against-realdvd

* EFF Urges Protection of Innovation in Arista v. Lime Wire
We've said it before, and we're saying it again --
copyright law should not chill development of emerging
technologies.
http://www.eff.org/press/archives/2008/09/26

* Walmart Music Service Plans to Shut Down DRM Support
Like MSN Music and Yahoo! Music before it, Walmart needs to
do better than abandon paying customers.
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2008/09/and-walmart-makes-three-another-music-service-plan

* New California Law Extends Protections for Free Speech
The new law closes a loophole that permitted out-of-state
legal threats to pierce anonymity and discourage free
speech.
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2008/10/california-governor-signs-new-protections-free-spe

* Court Protects Privacy of Satellite Receiver Owners
A satellite company wanted the names of everyone who had
purchased a particular kind of receiver, but the court
agreed with EFF and stopped the intrusion, potentially
setting an important consumer privacy precedent in the
process.
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2008/09/court-protects-privacy-satellite-receiver-owners

* Book Review: ©ontent by Cory Doctorow
Choice quotes highlight the wit and wisdom that Doctorow
has brought to issues like DRM, free speech, and copyright.
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2008/10/book-review-content-cory-doctorow

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miniLinks

~ Passport Hack Resurrects Elvis
A hacker was able to access the personal data on an RFID
passport, inserting the identity of Elvis Aaron Presley.
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20081002-rfid-passport-hack-has-scanners-seeing-visions-of-elvis.html

~ House Limits Constituent Emails
A massive influx of public input on the bailout bill has
led the House to limit emails in an attempt to prevent
websites from crashing.
http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/house-limits-constituent-e-mails-to-prevent-crash-2008-09-30.html

~ Schneier Covers Privacy and the Presidential Election
On Oct. 6, Privacy Guru Bruce Schneier will discuss privacy
and its role in the upcoming election at the National Press
Club in Washington D.C., joined by other experts in law and
technology.
http://eff.org/tiny/717

For more miniLinks:
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2008/10/minilinks-2008-10-03

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Announcements

* The Boiling Suns Host EFF Fundraiser in SF on Saturday!

Tomorrow, local San Francisco rock band The Boiling Suns is
hosting a fundraiser for EFF in support of our work to
preserve fair voting practices and fighting against illegal
wiretapping. The band would like to invite EFF supporters
(21+) to Bender's Bar and Grill in San Francisco's Mission
District for drinks and blues-based rock and roll. A
portion of the $5 admission will be donated to EFF.

For more on the Boiling Suns:
http://www.myspace.com/theboilingsuns

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Administrivia

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