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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...

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...

EFF Urges State Department to Drop RFID Passport Plan

As we reported last week, the US State Department is pushing to embed insecure radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips in all new US passports. These chips would broadcast your name, date of birth, nationality, unique passport number, and any other personal information contained in the passport to anyone with a...

It's Official: TSA Lied

Two government reports confirm what EFF and other privacy advocacy organizations have long known: the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) lied about its role in using airline passengers as guinea pigs for testing "Secure Flight" - the latest version of a fundamentally flawed passenger-profiling system for screening terrorists. And not...

New US Passports Will Serve as Terrorist Beacons

The US State Department is pushing for what may be the most misguided and dangerous travel "security" plan ever proposed: putting insecure radio-frequencyidentification (RFID) chips in all new US passports. These chips would broadcast your name, date of birth, nationality, unique passport number, and any other personal information contained in...

Grokster: From the Courthouse Steps

Oral argument has just concluded before the US Supreme Court in MGM v. Grokster. Here, from the courthouse steps, is the first EFF dispatch. The entire bench was engaged with argument from both sides. Three key points stood out: In at least some questions, the Court seemed concerned that...

EFF Goes to Washington

Washington, DC, 3:26 a.m. EST Braving briskly mild weather and motion-detector floodlights, EFF staffers have arrived on the steps of the Supreme Court, claiming the first seats in the line reserved for members of the Supreme Court bar. The public line reached capacity at approximately 10:00 p.m. on Monday night...

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. It's...

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 served...

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 two...

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