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WIPO Lockout Inspires Global Protest

Residents of 56 Nations and Members of Hundreds of NGOs Sign Petition to Open Meetings on Intellectual Property and the Developing World Geneva - When the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) earlier this month shut out many public interest groups from two April meetings about the impact of patent, copyright...

Reason #85,0027 That Business-Method Patents Suck

They threaten nonprofits that use the Internet for fundraising and advocacy. That's nearly every modern nonprofit out there. Thankfully, there's a solution in the making. A newly minted organization called the Nonprofit Innovation Alliance (NIA) has clever plan for keeping business-method patents out of the nonprofit arena...

Digital Rights Management: A failure in the developed world, a danger to the developing world

March 2005 For the International Telecommunications Union, ITU-R Working Party 6M Report on Content Protection Technologies Presented by: Electronic Frontier Foundation (http://www.eff.org) Union for the Public Domain (http://www.public-domain.org) Open Knowledge Forum (http://www.okfn.org) IP Justice (http://www.ipjustice.org) Alternative Law Forum (Bangalore) (www.altlawforum.org) World...

Leading Nonprofits Take Stand Against Business Method Patents

EFF Joins Fight to Promote Technology Access for Charitable Groups Note: The Electronic Frontier Foundation is recirculating this press release on behalf of NIA for your information. Washington, DC - The Nonprofit Innovation Alliance (NIA) today announced that four of the nation's most prominent nonprofits - United Way of America...

EFF Appeals Ruling in Apple Case

Asks Court to Reaffirm Freedom of the Press San Jose, CA - Today the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed an appeal in a case that has broad implications for the rights of reporters to protect the confidentiality of their sources. Last week, a California Superior Court judge ruled...

Why Apple Should Stop Threatening Journalists

The San Jose Mercury News gets it: Consider the following scenario. A drug company's research determines that one of its drugs already on the market is dangerous. The company decides the research results are proprietary trade secrets and bottles them up. It's clear that the public would be...

Counting Down to Grokster with EFF

Organization Launches Two-Week Celebration of Betamax-Protected Devices San Francisco, CA - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) yesterday kicked off a new campaign to celebrate the technological diversity protected by the Supreme Court's 1984 "Betamax ruling," which found that vendors cannot be held liable for contributory copyright infringement if...

Noninfringing Use for P2P: Free Fiona!

The San Francisco Chronicle runs this fascinating article about Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Fiona Apple's mythical next record, completed two years ago but shelved by her label. Here's a substantial noninfringing use of P2P networks if I've ever seen one: "Extraordinary Machine" is an album that Apple finished over...

EFF to ITU: DRM Is Dangerous for Developing Countries

EFF is pleased to announce that we have submitted a paper to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the UN agency that advises global leaders on telecommuncations policy, as part of its survey of "Digital Rights Management" (DRM) technologies (ITU-R Working Party 6M Report on Content Protection Technologies)...

Celebrating Sunshine Week

This week is Sunshine Week! Sunshine Week is an initiative of the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) to raise awareness about the critical importance of public access to government records. This week, EFF joins ASNE and the dozens of other organizations celebrating...

What If It Was CNN?

A Slashdotter tells a personal story illustrating how a trade secret -- or what a company claims is a trade secret -- can be a matter of public importance: Back in 1995 Steve Young of CNN told me "CNN protects its sources." I was on the phone with...

Fair Use and Digital Rights Management: Preliminary Thoughts on the (Irreconcilable?) Tension between Them

March 2005 Fred von Lohmann Senior Intellectual Property Attorney Electronic Frontier Foundation Digital rights management (DRM) technologiesare aimed at increasing the kinds and/or scope of control that rights-holderscan assert over their intellectual property assets. In the wake of the DigitalMillennium Copyright Act's (DMCA) ban on the circumvention of DRM technologiesused...

Court Crushes Online Journalists' Rights

EFF Asking California Appellate Court to Intervene Santa Clara - Today Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge James Kleinberg ruled that an online journalist's Internet service provider (ISP) can be required to reveal the identities of the reporter's confidential sources to attorneys from Apple Computer, Inc. The court rejected...

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