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DMCA Reform Gets a Hearing

In cyber-literate circles, it's common knowledge that the DMCA has been a dismal legislative failure. For years now, every new DMCA lawsuit trumps the last for absurdity. And it sure hasn't made any perceptible dent on "digital piracy." As detailed in our "Unintended Consequences" report, it's been consumers, researchers...

EFF Comments in FCC "Cognitive Radio" Proceeding

EFF this week filed comments (PDF) in the FCC's "Cognitive Radio" proceeding (ET Docket No. 03108) asking the Commission to answer empirically the question of what spectrum is actually in use (as opposed to simply allocated to a licensee), and to uphold its duty under the First Amendment by...

California Bans Insecure E-Voting Machines

Acting to ensure the integrity of California's November elections, California Secrectary of State Kevin Shelley on Friday announced the adoption of a new state policy making it so that all California voters will have the option of recording their votes on paper. In addition, the state has decertified Diebold's infamous...

TSA and CAPPS II -- Anatomy of a Cover Up

On Good Friday evening, after everyone, including its own spokespeople, had gone home, American Airlines quietly admitted that in 2002, it secretly transferred passenger data to government contractors. Specifically, the airline provided 1.2 million passenger records to contractors developing prototypes for the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) controversial CAPPS...

Electronic Frontier Foundation Announces New Patent Busting Campaign

San Francisco, CA - In light of growing concerns about illegitimate software and Internet patents, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today announced a new initiative to combat the chilling effects bad patents have on public and consumer interests. "Patents traditionally only targeted large commercial companies," said EFF Staff Attorney Jason...

Did the RIAA Secretly Lobby the FCC for a Digital Radio Tech Mandate?

Just over a year ago, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) issued a policy statement condemning government-mandated technical protection measures for digital content. "The imposition of technical mandates is not the best way to serve the long-term interests of record companies, technology companies, and consumers," read the statement...

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