EFF in the News
In today's ruling, the EFF explains, "The appellate court squarely rejected UMG's assertion that the DMCA safe harbors do not apply to any service that 'displays' or 'distributes' copyrighted material rather than simply 'storing' it. As EFF (with several other public interest groups) pointed out in an amicus brief on which the court expressly relied, every Web hosting service 'displays' and 'distributes' the material that its users upload—that's how the Web works."
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has filed an amicus brief in support of Viacom over a parody of a popular online video called “What What (In the Butt).”
Yet, we see time and time again this is not true. With letter writing campaigns from groups such as the EFF, Public Knowledge and Demand Progress having generated hundreds of thousands of letters, emails and phone calls from concerned citizens, the pro-SOPA groups have had to resort to drastic inflation to defend their side. We now have further evidence that such widespread opposition to SOPA is not only growing but accelerating as well. This evidence comes in the form of two We The People petitions on the White House website.
In a "friend of the court" brief filed Monday with the appeals court, the EFF sided in the case with Viacom and the lower court. If Brownmark were to prevail in the appeal, the EFF argues, it would have a "chilling effect" on free speech on the Internet and encourage frivolous lawsuits aimed at squashing the fair use of copyrighted material.
Electronic Frontier Foundation The EFF's mission has never been more important: as laws like SOPA are rammed through Congress, as bloggers around the world are arrested and tortured with the collusion of American network-surveillance companies, and as the FBI's unconstitutional, warrantless use of surveillance technology like GPS bugs comes to light, EFF is poised to be center-stage in the fight for a free and open world with a free and open Internet. —CD
The question is how easily can Android and HTC design around those claims," says Michael Barclay, a fellow at the non-profit privacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco. "If they can design around it, then they don't even care."
Over at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Corynne McSherry addressed the latest revisions to the act, pointing out that there is “no compromise” and that the bill “must be killed”.
Barlow’s organization, the cyberlibertarian EFF, has taken a strong stand against SOPA, arguing that it “would have a disastrous effect on online freedom of speech“ and recently collecting 83 signatures of prominent Internet engineers who oppose it, including several Internet inventors and other names from IBM, Yahoo! and Nokia.
EFF attorney Marcia Hoffman said Dullea's heavy-handed approach helped fuel a PR and legal nightmare for the company.
"Whenever a lawyer sends a legal threat, it makes everyone immediately defensive," Hoffman said. "People become very wary of each other and entrenched in their positions. I think that their initial approach to this problem definitely contributed to this blow-up."
Hanni Fakhoury, a lawyer with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, based in San Francisco, which filed a brief in support of the defendant’s motion to dismiss the case, said he was heartened by the distinction that the judge drew between speech on a public platform, versus through e-mail or telephone.