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Federal Court Spurns Recording Industry Enforcement Tactics

Boston, MA - A Massachusetts district court today dealt the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) a serious setback by rejecting its Washington, D.C., subpoenas for the identities of Massachusetts students. For the moment, MIT and Boston College need not respond to the RIAA demands. "Today's ruling requires the recording...

Protecting the Rights of Individuals Act (S. 1552)

Supported by organizations from across the political spectrum, the Protecting the Rights of Individuals Act (PRI) seeks to place reasonable limits on the powers granted to law enforcement and intelligence agencies under the USA PATRIOT Act. PRI would amend many of PATRIOT’s most troublesome provisions, reasserting traditional checks and balances...

Pacific Bell Sues Recording Industry for Customer Privacy

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation today applauded a lawsuit brought by Pacific Bell Internet Services against three organizations that are manipulating copyright laws to violate the privacy of ISP customers. The case concerns 97 subpoenas directed to Pacific Bell over the past two weeks. The Recording Industry Association...

File Sharers: See If the Recording Industry Is After You

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today offered important resources to those wondering whether the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has filed a subpoena seeking their identities in connection with a crackdown on music file-sharing. EFF is assisting Internet users by offering a mechanism for people to...

Security Researchers Discover Huge Flaws in E-Voting System

San Francisco - In response to today's release of research about critical security flaws in e-voting systems, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) urged immediate passage of e-voting legislation to prevent election fraud. Security researchers at Johns Hopkins University and Rice University announced today that they have discovered numerous serious security...

Electronic Frontier Foundation Launches File Sharing Ads

San Francisco - An ad from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) intended for the more than 60 million U.S. residents sharing music files online appeared in Rolling Stone's August 9 issue, hitting the stands today. The EFF ad -- part of an ongoing campaign to protect the rights of people...

Misguided "Anti-Piracy" Bill Introduced in Congress

San Francisco - Members of the U.S. Congress yesterday introduced the Author, Consumer, and Computer Owner Protection and Security (ACCOPS) Act of 2003, targeting for criminal prosecution the 60 million Americans engaged in Internet file sharing of music and movies. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today criticized the measure as...

Electronic Frontier Foundation Issues E-Voting Alert

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation issued an action alert this week warning that electronic voting machines installed without a verifiable paper audit trail and open source software programming are vulnerable to election fraud. "Touchscreen voting machines can increase accessibility for people with disabilities, reduce the cost of printing...

Electronic Frontier Foundation Defends Printer Cartridge Co.

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today asked a federal appeals court to rule that a company can examine a competitor's technology in order to manufacture printer toner cartridges compatible with Lexmark printers without facing a copyright lawsuit. Printer maker Lexmark had sued, claiming that cartridge remanufacturer Static...

EFF on 7th Circuit Aimster Ruling

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled against Madster (formerly known as Aimster). "Just as the inventors of the photocopier and the VCR, today's innovators should be free to produce useful products without fear of being sued simply because some people may misuse their products to commit...

Electronic Frontier Foundation "Let the Music Play" Campaign

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today launched a "Let the Music Play" campaign urging the more than 60 million U.S. citizens who use file-sharing software to demand changes in copyright law to get artists paid and make file-sharing legal. The EFF Let the Music Play campaign counters...

EFF on RIAA's Attack on the American Public

EFF responds to today's announcement by the RIAA that it will begin gathering evidence that will be used to sue individuals who use file-sharing software: "It's plain that the dinosaurs of the recording industry have completely lost touch with reality," said Fred von Lohmann, EFF senior staff attorney...

Public Has Right to Skip or Mute Movie Scenes

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today asked a federal court to rule that people have the right to use technology to skip scenes or mute language they find disturbing while viewing movies they have obtained lawfully. The case, entitled Huntsman v. Soderbergh, involves consumer use of software...

EFF responds to Hatch on computer destruction

Senator Orrin Hatch proposed yesterday that entertainment companies be entitled to destroy people's computers after two warnings of copyright infringement, according to press reports. "This is an entirely unreasonable proposal, tantamount to a debt collector sending you two warnings that your car payment is late and then claiming...

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