EFF in the News
To find out, I called Eva Galperin, a privacy activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Generally speaking, I'm a fan of EFF because they're doing important work safeguarding the digital rights of consumers against business and government.
Groups including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Electronic Frontier Foundation condemned the intentional service interruption this August, which in turn triggered a new round of protests.
“The DMCA is supposed to block copyright infringement. But instead it can be misused to threaten creators, innovators, and consumers, discouraging them from making full and fair use of their own property,” EFF Intellectual Property Director Corynne McSherry said.
It’s time for the rest of the tech industry to shake in their collective boots, because the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the group that was at the forefront of getting the government to expand the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, is at it again, filing exemptions with the Copyright Office to let you modify pretty much every piece of hardware or electronic media you own.
Soon after, the online legal advocacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation said it would represent Eckhart in the matter. The foundation said Carrier IQ's allegations against Eckhart were "entirely baseless" and were "motivated by a desire to suppress Mr. Eckhart's research conclusions, and to prevent others from verifying those conclusions."
Carrier IQ tried to silence Mr Eckhart with the threat of legal action but backed down following the intervention of the digital rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
A new website launched yesterday by The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) aims to “document how copyright enforcement is being used to censor online free expression in countries around the world.”
In the last round, EFF successfully petititoned the Copyright Officeto legalize jailbreaking iPhones to enable the installation of software that Apple hadn't approved -- but the Office didn't make it legal to produce or distribute tools for this, nor did they extend the ruling to the iPad.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is asking the Copyright office for an ambitious group of exemptions this time around...
EFF posted this information on November 30th and they are already trying to move it out of committee today (December 1st). If someone is trying to push something through posthaste, generally speaking, it's a terrible bit of legislation that would raise all sorts of objections if left out in the sunlight for any length of time.