Every time it looks like patent litigation reform is finally in reach, it suddenly vanishes from the agenda. Meanwhile, patent trolls continue to chill American innovation. We can’t keep waiting for a time when reform becomes politically convenient.
Over the last few months, Pakistan’s Internet community has been fighting to stop one of the world’s worst cyber-crime proposals: the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill. Thanks in part to the hundreds of messages sent to Pakistan’s senators, they secured a major victory this week—public assurances from key members of Pakistan’s Senate that they will oppose the bill in its entirety.
EFF has long held that government surveillance has a chilling effect on people’s activities, choices, and communications. Two new studies show how awareness of surveillance can lead Internet users to self-police their online activity.
In a victory for the First Amendment and public access to court proceedings, a magistrate judge ruled in favor of EFF’s motion to unseal documents in a patent case in the Eastern District of Texas. This means that the patent owner in that case, Blue Spike, will no longer be able to shield its arguments from the public.
YouTube’s Content ID recently flagged an educational video with very short music clips as copyright infringement. Sony Music—the original recordings’ copyright holder—has now backtracked on its accusation of infringement, but Sony’s response leads us to think that its misuse of copyright and of YouTube’s automated enforcement system will continue.
The California Assembly Committee on Judiciary recently approved a bill to grant local and state governments copyright authority along with other intellectual property rights. EFF strongly opposes the bill. Such a broad grant of copyright authority to state and local governments will chill speech, stifle open government, and harm the public domain.
EFF is proud to introduce Certbot, a powerful tool to help websites encrypt their traffic. Certbot is the next iteration of the Let’s Encrypt Client. It obtains TLS/SSL certificates and can automatically configure HTTPS encryption on your server.
Google and Oracle are in the midst of a high-stakes court battle over whether Google’s use of Java API labels qualifies as fair use. This comes after the Federal Circuit ruled that the labels are copyrightable in the first place. No matter which side wins the current case, the public has already lost something important.
When the Mozilla Web browser launched, it disrupted the stalemate between the two browsers that nearly everyone used at the time. Mozilla made bold choices that prioritized users’ needs over those of advertisers. Unfortunately, the World Wide Web Consortium is currently making decisions that could prevent new browsers from changing the game in the future.
A revealing moment came in a recent hearing on the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) Amendments Act. Sen. Al Franken asked the panel of government officials how many Americans had had their data swept up in the surveillance authorized by FISA. The panelists couldn’t even offer a rough estimate.
Sen. Ron Wyden explains how an obscure rule change is about to dramatically expand the U.S. government’s power to spy on citizens.
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EFF Director of Grassroots Advocacy Shahid Buttar and Intake Coordinator Amul Kalia will speak on a panel discussion about community organizing strategies and digital rights issues. June 2, 2016 Davis, CA
EFF Director of Grassroots Advocacy Shahid Buttar will speak about the role that librarians have played in the movement for digital rights and local policy reform processes underway in San Jose. June 3, 2016 San Jose, CA
EFF and the Los Angeles chapter of the National Lawyers Guild will co-host a free workshop on surveillance self-defense. EFF Senior Engineer Mark Burdett will facilitate a teach-in and skill-share on surveillance, steps you can take to protect your communications, and how to advocate for improved surveillance policy. June 4, 2016 Los Angeles, CA
Join EFF technologists Lisa Wright and William Theaker for a hands-on workshop on how to keep your Internet activity safe, private, and secure. We encourage you to bring a laptop so that you can install software during the training. June 7, 2016 San Francisco, CA
This event aims to explore how we can “lock the web open” to ensure access to information and avenues of free expression. Join keynote speakers Vint Cerf, Cory Doctorow, Brewster Kahle, and others to discuss where we are in building the Decentralized Web and where we should be headed. June 8-9, 2016 San Francisco, CA
Security B-Sides Minneapolis is a 100% community-organized conference with two days of information security and technology education. EFF Senior Staff Attorney Nate Cardozo will deliver the closing keynote. June 11, 2016 Minneapolis, MN
Tech attorneys from throughout the Bay Area will gather to drink wine and beer, eat delicious food, and prove their prowess in summoning obscure tech law minutiae from the very depths of their oversized brains. In a friendly yet fierce battle of the minds, they’ll vie for the coveted EFF Pub Quiz Cup—and an entire year’s worth of bragging rights. June 16, 2016 San Francisco, CA
We are excited to be a part of the Eleventh HOPE conference! HOPE (Hackers on Planet Earth) returns to New York for its eleventh iteration this year, hosted by our friends at 2600. July 22–24, 2016 New York City, NY