EFF in the News
Those of you who rarely if ever read the Terms of Service on social networking websites can breathe a temporary sigh of relief. With help from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a Northern California US District Judge has dismissed Facebook's lawsuit against Power.com—at least for now. Still, all in all, "good news," says EFF's Marcia Hoffman, who filed an amicus brief in the case. "Another federal judge has ruled that violating a website terms of service is not a crime."
EFF lawyers Marcia Hoffman and Nate Cardozo celebrate the arrival of two large boxes full of government documents relating to telecom immunity.
Stories and pictures posted by the individual bloggers are in deep storage, with no word on when they'll see their content -- a reality that disturbs civil-liberties advocates.
"That's the real tragedy here -- thousands and thousands of sites appear to be collateral damage," Kurt Opsahl, senior staff attorney for the Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF), told FoxNews.com.
Kurt Opsahl, a staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights group, said the “tragedy is that thousands of blogs will be taken offline for no good reason.”
A "friend of the court" brief on those issues was filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union and Public Citizen, Inc. The drafts indicate that EFF and the ACLU want it to include a link to the website that EFF has set up, letting Does know where they can go to get legal help.
The same article also notes (without much surprise) that despite orders from the judge for USCG to work with the EFF to craft a more informative letter to be sent to people who are targeted in the lawsuits, the two sides are having quite a bit of trouble agreeing on the language.
The iPhone 4 may be available to the general public, but the police investigation into the leaked device that Gizmodo purchased last spring is still going strong. Now there’s been a new development: the EFF reports that the San Mateo District Attorney has withdrawn the warrant it used to search Gizmodo editor Jason Chen’s house last April, when it confiscated multiple computers, hard drives, and other electronics.
Two weeks ago, a federal judge ordered the U.S. Copyright Group to cooperate with the EFF, ACLU, Public Citizen and others in drafting a notice that would be sent out to those flagged for alleged copyright infringement in these cases, explaining their legal rights
A New York couple has issued dragnet subpoenas to Google and Yahoo demanding the identities of users behind 10 email accounts, 30 blog operators, website administrators, and the identities of anyone who had ever commented on those sites. That's hundreds of people! Riding to the rescue of our privacy and freedom are our heroes — the EFF. "The First Amendment protects individuals' right to speak anonymously and forces litigants to justify any attempts to unmask anonymous critics," said EFF Senior Staff Attorney Matt Zimmerman. "Litigants cannot forcibly identify entire communities of online speakers -- which include many speakers who no one would claim did anything wrong -- simply because the litigants are curious."
"Gertner found there is quite a bit of evidence that Congress did not intend statutory provisions to be applied this way," McSherry said. "She concluded that the [original] damages award went far beyond what Congress intended or contemplated."