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Playing Hide-the-Ball at WIPO

On April 14-15 (after the three-day WIPO Development Agenda meeting, a.k.a. IIM), the WIPO Permanent Committee for Co-operation for Development Related to Intellectual Property (the PCIPD) met for its fourth session. The PCIPD is a pre-existing WIPO sub-committee, formed in 1998. There's no formal relationship between the Development...

EFF Event Focuses on Technical Ways to Protect Your Online Anonymity

Creators of Tor, an Anonymous Communication System, Discuss Their Work at May 10 BayFF San Francisco, CA - On Tuesday, May 10, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will host another "BayFF," a free event series for the general public. This month, the subject is anonymous Internet communication. Roger Dingledine, principal...
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California Anti-RFID Bill Gains Momentum

A California bill (SB 682) that would bar the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags in state-issued ID cards yesterday cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee -- the first major hurdle on the way to becoming law. The good news comes in the wake of a ...

EFF Responds to Apple's Arguments in Online Journalism Appeal

Santa Clara County, CA - Today the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) continued to support three online journalists in a fight to protect their anonymous sources. EFF, along with co-counsel Thomas Moore III and Richard Wiebe, filed a brief on behalf of the journalists, responding to Apple Computer Inc.'s...

Law Firm Shows Ignorance of the Law in Anonymous Emailer Case

EFF Sends Letter of Protest to Shearman &amp Sterling Over Subpoena to Craigslist San Francisco, CA - When an employee of San Francisco law firm Shearman &amp Sterling received an email from an anonymous person who seemed to be a disgruntled subordinate, he didn't hit the delete button. Instead, his...

AACS - More Useless DRM

In November 2002, the now-famous "Microsoft Darknet Paper" laid out the argument for why DRM is not only futile in a P2P world, but actually counter-productive (because DRM drives otherwise legit customers to the Darknet). Well, now we have yet another example of the futility side of the equation...

Blogging WIPO: Final Resolution

We won big this week. First, there is a genuinely substantive policy discussion going on within WIPO about its obligations to be more than an IP-factory and instead explore its capacity as a positive force for the social and economic development of its member states. Not only was the...

Blogging WIPO's Development Agenda Meeting - Day 2

For 30 years, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has worked primarily to expand the scope of intellectual property protection around the globe. Whether it's bringing patents to countries where previously there were none, or expanding the entitlements of copyright holders in developed countries, WIPO has always started from the...

How to Blog Safely (About Work or Anything Else)

Published April 6, 2005 Updated May 31, 2005 Blogs are like personal telephone calls crossed with newspapers. They're the perfect tool for sharing your favorite chocolate mousse recipe with friends--or for upholding the basic tenets of democracy by letting the public know that a corrupt government official has been paying...

Blogging WIPO's Development Agenda Meeting - Day 1

We're in Geneva at the World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) first big meeting on intellectual property and the Development Agenda. The world's premiere IP-expansionists are considering the radical proposal that more rightsholder protections aren't always in the best interests of developing nations. Several copyfighters have been taking collaborative notes...

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