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SunnComm Backs Down

CD copy-protection vendor SunnComm Technologies has said that it will not sue J. Alex Halderman under the DMCA for publishing a paper that disclosed weaknesses in the company's latest MediaMax protection technology. The final concession comes after a week of off-again, on-again threats against the Princeton computer science...

Electronic Frontier Foundation Defends Alleged Filesharer

Los Angeles, California - EFF today announced that it will defend Ross Plank of Playa Del Rey, California, against a wrongly filed complaint, among the 261 copyright infringement lawsuits the recording industry has filed against individuals. The federal lawsuit filed against Plank in Los Angeles accuses him of making hundreds...

Princeton Researcher Debunks Copy Protection, Again

Princeton computer science student Alex Halderman has released a paper describing a one-click method to bypass the "copy protection" on the recently released Anthony Hamilton CD from BMG. "Halderman's paper illustrates exactly who's hurt by copy protections: the ordinary user, who can't move tracks to his iPod without going...

EFF Welcomes Suspension of VeriSign's SiteFinder Service

EFF welcomed the suspension of VeriSign's SiteFinder service today, after a formal request from ICANN. "We're pleased that ICANN has finally found the will to stand up for the clear interests of Internet users, to stop VeriSign's interference with their network traffic," said Staff Attorney Wendy Seltzer. Staff Technologist Seth...

EFF Analysis on Trusted Computing

EFF today released its analysis of Trusted Computing, supporting some of the security proposals while criticizing those that take control away from computer owners. "Helping computer owners defend their computers against attacks is progress in computer security, but treating computer owners themselves as the bad guys is not," said...

EFF Commentary on Coleman hearings

At Congressional hearings yesterday, the RIAA announced that it was ceasing its campaign of "sue first and ask questions later" in its crusade against American filesharers and would begin to write letters first before launching litigation. "It's too bad that it took episodes like the mistaken lawsuit against the 65-year-old...

Trusted Computing: Promise and Risk

October 2003 Introduction Computer security is undeniably important, and as new vulnerabilities are discovered and exploited, the perceived need for new security solutions grows. "Trusted computing" initiatives propose to solve some of today's security problems through hardware changes to the personal computer. Changing hardware design isn't inherently suspicious, but the...

RIAA Finds Few Takers for Shamnesty

The Recording Industry Association of America today announced that 838 of the 60 million Americans who file-share have accepted its "Clean Slate" offer. "At such a paltry uptake rate, the RIAA program looks more like a blank slate," says EFF Staff Attorney Wendy Seltzer.

EFF Supports the Benjamin Franklin True Patriot Act

EFF applauds the introduction last week of legislation that would repeal USA PATRIOT Act provisions that threaten citizens' privacy rights. The Benjamin Franklin True Patriot Act (HR 3171), introduced by Congressman Dennis Kucinich along with 20 Congressional cosponsors, would repeal more than ten sections of USA PATRIOT, including those authorizing...

Flawed E-Voting Standard Sent Back to Drawing Board

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today applauded a technical working group for heeding critics who called for rejection of a flawed electronic voting standard proposal that failed to require adequate security measures. The working group of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) drafted the...

Unsafe Harbors: Abusive DMCA Subpoenas and Takedown Demands

September 2003 The DMCA has been used to invade the privacy of Internet users, harass Internet service providers, and chill online speech. The subpoena and takedown powers of Section 512 are not limited to cases of proven copyright infringement, and are exercised without a judge's review. The following is a...

Recording Industry Withdraws Music Sharing Lawsuit

San Francisco - Seven major record labels dismissed charges of copyright infringement leveled at a 65-year-old educator, artist, and grandmother from Massachusetts late last week. Sarah Ward was one of 261 individuals sued by the recording industry for allegedly sharing copyrighted music using peer-to-peer (P2P) filesharing systems. What was the...

Verisign's "Sitefinder" Harms Internet

Internet services company Verisign, which controls portions of the Domain Name System (DNS), has abruptly implemented a scheme in which people who mistakenly enter a non-existent domain name are redirected to Verisign advertising. This move has shocked and outraged network administrators. "Verisign's unilateral action harms the Internet," said EFF...

Biometrics: Who's Watching You?

September 2003 Introduction Among the many reactions to the September 11 tragedy has been a renewed attention to biometrics. The federal government has led the way with its new concern about border control. Other proposals include the use of biometrics with ID cards and in airports, e.g. video surveillance enhanced...

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