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EFFector - Volume 22, Issue 16 - EFF Launches the “Teaching Copyright” Curriculum This Week


EFFector - Volume 22, Issue 16 - EFF Launches the “Teaching Copyright” Curriculum This Week

EFFector Vol. 22, No. 16  May 29, 2009

A Publication of the Electronic Frontier Foundation
ISSN 1062-9424

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In our 510th issue:

WEEK to counter misleading educational materials produced
by the entertainment industry -- materials that typically
try to scare students into believing that making copies
is wrong. In contrast, Teaching Copyright is designed to
encourage students to make full and fair use of new
technology while recognizing their rights and
responsibilities. In addition, Teaching Copyright
spotlights various stakeholders in the copyright debate,
allowing students to better understand the controversies
and make informed choices about where they stand.

Please spread the word and pass the link to teachers,
librarians, media specialists, and technology instructors.
They won't get to use it if they don't know about it! And
please support EFF in our efforts to present balanced
information about rights and responsibilities online.

For the "Teaching Copyright" website:

For the press release announcing the launch:

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EFF Updates

* When Fair Use Is Fairly Difficult
EFF Board Chairman Brad Templeton decided to make a remix
video and found that the legal boundaries made it far
harder than it ought to be.

* Two New Books On Innovation Colliding With Law
EFF Senior Staff Attorney Fred von Lohmann comments on two
new books that explore the legal issues attendant to being
an innovator.

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~ Sotomayor's Cyberlaw Record
President Obama's nomination to the Supreme Court, Sonia
Sotomayor, is the first nominee with a cyberlaw record.

~ FCC's New Deal for Rural Internet
Ars Technica reviews the FCC's Rooseveltian proposal for
how to deliver broadband to the rural public.

~ Honolulu's Internet Vote
The nation's first all-digital election took place in
Honolulu, where voters made their choices for neighborhood
council online and via phone.

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* Help EFF Go to DEFCON!

EFF is looking for donations of airline tickets and hotel
points for the DEFCON hacking conference, as well as other
conferences and speaking engagements. If you have enough
airline miles for a free ticket and would like to send an
EFF staffer to a conference, let us know, and we will help
you with the process of making the reservation. Please note
that at this time, we are unable to combine miles from
multiple individuals. We are also looking for hotel rewards
points to help reduce our overall travel costs.  As a
thanks for your donation, we can offer a free membership
and a mention in EFFector (if you'd like).  Please contact if you can help!

* EFF at Maker Faire Bay Area

EFF will have a table at Maker Faire Bay Area. Come say

May 30-31
San Mateo County Expo Center & Fairgrounds
San Mateo, California

Expo Hours
Saturday, May 30: 10am - 8pm
Sunday, May 31: 10am - 6pm

Also, be sure to check out artist and EFF supporter Suzanne
Forbes at the Steampunk Encampment.

* Nominate a Pioneer for EFF's 2009 Pioneer Awards!

EFF established the Pioneer Awards to recognize leaders on
the electronic frontier who are extending freedom and
innovation in the realm of information technology. This is
your opportunity to nominate a deserving individual or
group to receive a Pioneer Award for 2009.  The
International Pioneer Awards nominations are open both to
individuals and organizations from any country.
Nominations are reviewed by a panel of judges chosen for
their knowledge of the technical, legal, and social issues
associated with information technology.

How to Nominate Someone for a 2009 Pioneer Award:

You may send as many nominations as you wish, but please
use one email per nomination. Please submit your entries
via email to We will accept nominations
until July 15, 2009.

Simply tell us:

1. The name of the nominee,

2. The phone number, email address or website by which the
nominee can be reached, and, most importantly,

3. Why you feel the nominee deserves the award.

Nominee Criteria:

There are no specific categories for the EFF Pioneer
Awards, but the following guidelines apply:

1. The nominees must have contributed substantially to the
health, growth, accessibility, or freedom of computer-based

2. To be valid, all nominations must contain your reason,
however brief, for nominating the individual or
organization and a means of contacting the nominee. In
addition, while anonymous nominations will be accepted,
ideally we'd like to contact the nominating parties in case
we need further information.

3. The contribution may be technical, social, economic, or

4. Nominations may be of individuals, systems, or
organizations in the private or public sectors.

5. Nominations are open to all (other than current members
of EFF's staff and operating board or this year's award
judges), and you may nominate more than one recipient. You
may also nominate yourself or your organization.

6. Persons or representatives of organizations receiving an
EFF Pioneer Award will be invited to attend the ceremony at
EFF's expense.

More on the EFF Pioneer Awards:

* Intern Opportunity!

EFF is looking for a summer intern to help in our
development and media departments. This is an unpaid,
full-time position.

Projects will include:
-Working on our annual report and
contacting major donors and foundations (40% of time);
-Assisting with membership fulfillment and bulk mailing
(40% of time); and
-Identifying and organizing press
clippings (20% of time).

Excellent writing and editing skills, strong organizational
abilities, and the capacity to take instruction and run
with it is a must. Interest in development and/or public
relations as a career is a plus, as is knowledge and
familiarity with EFF's issues.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and writing
sample to:

* Volunteer at EFF!

EFF is looking for volunteers to assist with operations in
our membership department. If you're quick, organized,
detail-oriented, and looking for a hands-on way to support
EFF, contact us today!

Duties include:

* Membership fulfillment
* Organizing premiums
* Print mailing
* support Event assistance

Learn about fundraising operations in the nonprofit world
while supporting your favorite organization in a tangible
way! Interest in grassroots fundraising is a plus, as is
knowledge and familiarity with EFF's issues. Send a letter
of interest to

* Open Video Conference in NYC

The upcoming Open Video Conference, taking place June 19-20
in New York City, plans to tackle a range of issues
surrounding online video -- from codecs to content, to fair
use, and beyond. Recent developments like Hulu are pretty
good for the user -- but Internet video should be more than
just "TV on demand." Internet video has the potential to be
a far more dynamic medium that invites clipping, archival,
remix, collage, repurposing, and many other uses. Featured
speakers include: NYU's Clay Shirky, Harvard's Yochai
Benkler, Boing Boing's Xeni Jardin, DVD Jon, Free Press'
Josh Silver, EFF's Corynne McSherry, and many more.

For the full agenda:

To register for the Open Video Conference:

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