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Patent Ruling Threatens Free Speech

EFF Asks Supreme Court to Consider Controversial Case San Francisco - On Monday, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the United States Supreme Court, asking the Court to review an important patent case that has broad implications for free speech and consumers' rights. The Federal Circuit...

You Are the MPAA: A Broadcast Flag Update

Imagine you're a happy-go-lucky conglomerate of Hollywood media companies. Faced with some tweaks to your business model that you'd rather not contemplate, your members have conceived of an ingenious alternative: compelling tech companies to implement shoddy copy-protection on every digital AV-enabled computer in the land. Let's call this cunning plan...

New Case Reveals Routine Abuse of Government Surveillance Powers

Cell Phones Used to Track Users Without Probable Cause San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is arguing that a New York federal court should stand by its decision to require probable cause to believe a crime has been or is about to be committed before letting the government...

Bronfman, You Hypocrite

Edgar Bronfman Jr., the CEO of Warner Music Group, recently took a moment to attack Apple's Steve Jobs for the 99-cent pricing of music downloads in the iTunes Music Store. According to Bronfman, "Not all songs are created equal -- not all time periods are created equal. We...

New Guide for Political Blogging and Activism

Reporters Without Borders has published an outstanding how-to guide for bloggers and "cyberdissidents" seeking to make their voices heard in the face of government monitoring, censorship, and worse. Reads the introduction: Bloggers are often the only real journalists in countries where the mainstream media is censored or under...

EFF Hosts 15th Anniversary Bash

Public Celebration at EFF's San Francisco Headquarters San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is 15 years old this year. Come celebrate 15 years of defending freedom in the digital world. Our anniversary party is on Sunday, October 2nd, at 5 p.m. at the EFF headquarters in San Francisco...

The NSA and Hollywood Are Watching You

It's no surprise that the National Security Agency (NSA) is working on technologies that can locate you in geographical space by analyzing your Internet communications. What is somewhat odd is that the government agency is patenting them. Just a few days ago, the NSA was granted a patent...

Google's Card Catalog Should Be Left Open

San Francisco, CA - Yesterday, the Authors Guild filed a class-action copyright infringement suit against Google over its Google Print library project. Working with major university libraries, Google Print aims to make thousands of books searchable via the Web, allowing people to search for key words or phrases in books...

Election Reform Commission Urges Secure E-voting

EFF Applauds Commission Recommendations But Opposes National ID Card Endorsement Washington, DC - The Carter-Baker Commission, formally known as the Commission on Federal Election Reform, released on Monday an extensive report about the country's electoral health, along with a wide range of suggested reforms. Most of the Commission's recommendations...

Authors Guild Sues Google

As many have reported, the Authors Guild has filed a class-action copyright infringement lawsuit [PDF] against Google in the Southern District of New York. The dispute, as we've mentioned before, involves Google Print. I believe Google has a strong fair use defense here. Because a fair use...

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