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C-SPAN Unchains Congressional Hearing Videos

C-SPAN has announced that, effective immediately, its videos of Congressional hearings, White House briefings, and other federal events will be freely available for noncommercial copying, sharing and posting, so long as attribution is included (sounds like the Creative Commons by-nc license, but no confirmation on whether that's what...

EFF Lawyer Wins CLAY Award

To his chagrin, EFF Staff Attorney Kurt Opsahl was forced to admit that he is in fact a great lawyer when he was awarded the prestigious California Lawyer of the Year (CLAY) Award for Media Law on Monday evening. Kurt's modesty not withstanding, the award recognized Kurt's important work representing...

Action Alert: Repeal the REAL ID Act!

The federal government has taken another step towards forcing you to carry a national ID in order to get on airplanes, open a bank account, enter federal buildings, and much more. But with state legislatures and Congressional representatives increasingly turning against the REAL ID Act, you can help stop this...

Senate Committee: Broadcasting Treaty Must Be Limited

Eighteen months ago, we heard that the controversial proposed WIPO Broadcasting Treaty was not on the radar of U.S. congressional representatives. That has changed, thanks to href="http://action.eff.org/site/Advocacy?id=227">your letters, and much hard work by href="http://www.eff.org/IP/WIPO/broadcasting_treaty/NGO_joint_statement_SCCR_S1.pdf"> a broad coalition of public interest NGOs, libraries, ICT industry groups and CE corporations...

'Electric Slide' Creator Steps on Fair Use

EFF Lawsuit Battles Bogus Copyright Claims San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed suit today against the man who claims to have created the popular line dance "The Electric Slide," asking the court to protect the free speech rights of a videographer who captured a few steps of...

EFF Lawsuit Seeks Release of Secret Court Orders on Electronic Surveillance

Justice Department Withholds Records About Purported Changes to Program Washington, D.C. - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed suit against the Department of Justice today, demanding records about secret new court orders that supposedly authorize the government's highly controversial electronic surveillance program that intercepts and analyzes millions of Americans' communications...

IPRED2: Pausing For Thought

Call it the Universal Law of Bad Laws: the more problematic a proposed piece of legislation is, the keener its advocates are to rush it through. When that happens, it's often those in the system who call for delay that saves us all from its unintended consequences. Praise, then, is...

Blogging WIPO: Can WIPO Protect the Public Domain?

WIPO's Provisional Committee on Proposals Related to a WIPO Development Agenda is meeting in Geneva this week to continue discussions about establishing a Development Agenda for WIPO - a set of proposals for measuring the impact of WIPO's work on social and economic development in its member states. Two years...

Fight Over Google's 'Sponsored Links' Threatens Internet Free Speech

EFF Asks Judge to Uphold Key Trademark Ruling San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) asked the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals today to uphold an important ruling allowing anyone to purchase Google's "sponsored links" tied to trademarks, arguing that the practice is legal under trademark law and...

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