EFF in the News
Free speech advocates--the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Center for Democracy and Technology, and Szoka's group--have assailed expanding the scope of existing federal regulations that cover minors younger than 13 who use the Internet. That would "raise significant constitutional concerns," the three groups told (PDF) the FTC this week. Instead, they say, "enhanced enforcement" of existing laws is preferable.
Paley will attend a screening of "Sita Sings the Blues" at 7 p.m. July 20 to benefit the Cartoon Art Museum and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The show will be at the Delancey Street Theater (600 The Embarcadero, S.F.).
However, rather than throw out the lawsuits against all but one of the defendants, the judge is asking the various parties -- US Copyright Group, Time Warner Cable, EFF, Public Citizen and the ACLU to all work together to craft a note that can be sent to individuals targeted in these lawsuits. The idea is that this note, unlike the one people get directly from USCG, will inform people of their rights, including the right to challenge the jurisdiction of the lawsuit (and, I assume, the fact that they're randomly lumped in with other people).
EFF will argue that mass litigation is unfair.
"We contend that these suits improperly lump thousands of defendants together, a shortcut that deprives the defendants of fair access to individual justice," EFF said in a statement.
The music rights group sent out a political mailing to its members, demonizing “free culture” groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Creative Commons, Public Knowledge and “public companies with deep pockets,” by which I guess it meant Google.
Members of the Web community have long argued that they couldn't continue in the business if the burden were to fall on them to police the content flowing to their sites. In other words, it's unworkable.
Kurt Opsahl, senior staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, wrote in a blog post that the ruling, "while a big win for YouTube, is hardly groundbreaking. It simply reconfirms what lawyers for Internet companies have been telling their clients for years, based on the plain language of the (Copyright Act's) safe harbors."
Tomorrow a federal court in Washington, D.C., will hear oral argument from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) about dividing up the mass copyright infringement lawsuits initiated by the US Copyright Group that it claims “improperly and unfairly target thousands of BitTorrent users.”
Now the EFF notes that Afghanistan has created new rules for the internet, saying that ISPs need to start filtering websites that fall under the following categories: Alcohol, Dating/Social Networking, Gambling, and Pornography. Because it's not easy to properly filter, reports coming out of the country suggest that ISPs are just choosing to block Facebook, Gmail, YouTube, and Twitter outright. It looks like more and more countries are deciding to censor the internet.
"If you are publishing your location to the world, anyone, including a stalker or a thief or the government or an advertiser or anyone else, can go and look at that information, and hence, the threat," says Kevin Bankston, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation have been kept busy challenging some of the worst excesses of the Patent Office's generosity.