EFF in the News
A response by Tiffany & Co’s. in its lawsuit against eBay, has caused Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Public Citizen and Public Knowledge, to file a brief, requesting a U.S. Court of Appeals to reject the retailer’s "attempt to rewrite trademark law and create new barriers for online commerce and communication."
Mohamed Shommo, an engineer for Cisco Systems Inc., travels overseas several times a year for work, so he is accustomed to opening his bags for border inspections upon returning to the U.S. But in recent years, these inspections have gone much deeper than his luggage...
These objections led the Asian Law Caucus and the Electronic Frontier Foundation to file a Freedom of Information request to obtain the federal policy on border searches of electronic devices. When the government failed to respond, the groups filed a lawsuit this year. And lawmakers began demanding answers.
This week's top political tech story was the faceoff between lawyers for the Bush administration and Electronic Frontier Foundation attorneys who want a court to strike down a provision of the FISA Amendment Act granting retroactive immunity to telecoms that participated in the NSA's program of warrantless wiretapping. A judge will now have to decide whether the controversial statute gives the attorney general too much discretion to block claims that implicate the Fourth Amendment.
A provision in the federal Communications Decency Act (CDA) protects domain name registrars and Web hosting providers from being held legally liable in most cases for the content that clients post on their Web sites. But that hasn't stopped some companies from trying to pressure Internet intermediaries into disabling Web sites that contain what they consider to be objectionable material...
In an interview, EFF senior staff attorney Matthew Zimmerman said that U.S. law gives ample protection to Internet intermediaries in situations such as the one involving the nytimes-se.com site. The CDA "provides blanket immunity in a wide range of areas" to companies such as Joker.com, Zimmerman claimed.
Heavyweights in the online world are weighing in on a lawsuit that threatens to derail internet retailing. The case is being brought by Tiffany against online auction site, eBay...
The latest vocal entrant into the legal debate is the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Knowledge and Public Citizen. If Tiffany prevails on appeal, online marketplaces would likely come "to a halt," the groups said in a court filing Wednesday. They urged the appellate court "to reject Tiffany's effort to rewrite trademark law to relieve mark-owners of their traditional obligation to police their own marks, online and off."
A broad coalition of digital advocacy groups and individuals, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, MoveOn.org's Eli Pariser and Stanford University law professor Lawrence Lessig, are applauding Barack Obama's stated commitment to open government and suggesting ways he can show that commitment further.
In a new Web site that went up Tuesday, the groups lay out three principles they hope the incoming administration will follow. Obama's transition team pre-emptively agreed to the first one by announcing Monday that its Web site, change.gov, will implement a new copyright policy -- the Creative Commons License -- that allows for more widespread use of its content.
The days of the Bush administration may be numbered, but government lawyers were still hotly contesting flagship domestic surveillance litigation in Northern District of California federal court on Tuesday, with one lawyer warning that moving forward could disclose intelligence tradecraft and "destroy" government secrecy privileges...
Nichols, the DOJ lawyer, said Walker should discuss his decision making solely with the government if he finds a lack of evidence, while Wiebe and Cindy Cohn, a plaintiffs attorney and legal director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said there should be an adversarial proceeding.
Yesterday, the Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF) - that 18-year digital-freedom superhero - filed a pair of petitions with the United States Copyright Office, seeking to protect mobile-phone jailbreakers, unlockers, and digital-media masher-uppers from the slings and arrows of outrageous lawsuits.
Lawyers for the Electronic Frontier Foundation faced off against government attorneys Tuesday, as Judge Vaughn Walker heard arguments in a legal fight over telecoms' role in warrantless wiretapping that began almost three years ago. At issue is the constitutionality of the FISA Amendments Act, passed by Congress this summer, which could end the suit against the telecoms by retroactively immunizing them for their participation in the controversial National Security Agency eavesdropping program.
Every three years something special happens—and I’m not talking about a new Harry Potter movie. The U.S. Librarian of Congress is required to issue exemptions to the anti-circumvention clause of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the law that makes it a crime to work around encryption or Digital Rights Management protecting copyrighted materials...
The proposal in question was submitted by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and argues that end users should be allowed to jailbreak their phones to use legally-acquired third-party applications.