EFF in the News
For what you can do:
- General stuff via craigslist
- Good advice from the Electronic Frontier Foundation
- The reddit/PCCC petition
... and please think about how you, as part of the Internet, can contribute to the common good, and think about how that can become part of what you do every day. Thanks!
The Electronic Frontier Foundation also filed an amicus brief, calling Righthaven's lawsuits "a 'scorched earth' campaign of mass copyright infringement suits" to tap into a "gold mine" of settlement money.
But according to Trevor Timm of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, even with the removal of those provisions, there remains a number of others that should be removed including the “vigilante provision,” which permits ISPs to block sites voluntarily, and the “anti-circumvention provision,” which punishes sites which give users information for how to access blocked sites.
"Both bills still contain fundamental flaws that threaten freedom of speech and the future of the Internet. We've written before, for example, about the threats to the human rights community, to students, to software development, and to the economy," the EFF said. "These threats remain. What is worse (and we can't say this enough), is that this legislation, if made law, will do little to stop online infringement. These bills cannot be fixed—they must be killed."
Attempts by a copyright troll to overturn two "fair use" decisions against it were opposed in federal appeals court Friday by such prominent voices as the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Google, Public Knowledge, and the Digital Media Law Project at Harvard University.
In a friend-of-the-court brief filed this week, the EFF asserts that the “excessively high” award, combined with other errors in the case, sends a “speech-chilling message” to Web users.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a Freedom of Information Act Request with the Department of Transportation (DOT) in April of 2011, but the DOT has yet to respond to the request. This week, according to BuzzBlog and the EFF Deep Links blog, the EFF filed suit against the U.S. DOT to find out who the Federal Aviation Administration, which reports to the DOT, has authorized to control these vehicles.
...EFF Intellectual Property Attorney Corynne McSherry said:
We are glad to see Sen. Leahy is recognizing, at last, some of the serious problems with this legislation. But a half-hearted promise to investigate the consequence of some of the provisions (which should have happened before this bill was even proposed) falls far short of what is needed. And, of course, the DNS filtering provisions represent only some of the fundamental flaws in PIPA. This bill, and its House counterpart, cannot be fixed — they must be killed.
Collegiate Nation urges all college students to visit the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) website where they can easily send an electronic message to their representative in Congress to oppose passage of H.R. 1981. The call to action is titled: "Don't Let Congress Order Internet Companies to Spy on You — Block the Data Retention Mandate." EFF is a donor-funded nonprofit. By mobilizing concerned citizens through its Action Center, EFF beats back bad legislation. In addition to advising policymakers, EFF educates the press and public.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is asking a judge to sanction the lawyers for Astrolabe, who launched a frivolous copyright lawsuit against Arthur David Olson and Paul Eggert. These two researchers maintained the critical Internet timezone database, which is used by servers and PCs and phones all over the world to figure out how to correctly display timestamps and local time.