EFF in the News
When copies of a fake New York Times and an accompanying Web site started making the rounds on the morning of November 12, many people believed that the move would result in a legal firestorm from the newspaper...
"De Beers is demanding that Joker.com disable Mr. Schweppes' domain name based on De Beer's alleged belief that the Web site associated with that domain name contains materials that infringe De Beers' trademark," EFF attorney Corynne McSherry, wrote in a Tuesday letter to McGinley. "These threats are improper and baseless and we demand that you withdraw them immediately."
Apple made available Quicktime 7.5.7 for select computers late in the day yesterday, an update intended to fix the inability to play SD content purchased from the iTunes store on an external display. This was an issue that we first reported on last week when it came to our attention that the new MacBooks and MacBook Pros seemingly came with High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection, lovingly known as HDCP for short, on their mini-DisplayPorts. Needless to say, the Internet at large was very unhappy about this revelation, and Apple even got blasted by the Electronic Frontier Foundation because of it.
Creativity may not be the first thing that comes to mind when travelling through the kilometres of mostly grey, Soviet-era cement-block buildings outlying the capital of Moldova, often referred to as Europe’s poorest state...
Exceptions and limitation have been shown to provide as much if not more contribution to economies, the meeting was told by several speakers. Fred von Lohmann, senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation said an “enormous amount” of economic activity relies on exceptions to copyright, such as technology providers and online businesses like auction site eBay and search engine Google.
When Apple released its new MacBook and MacBook Pro models, as well as updated MacBook Air models, one feature of those latest laptops touted by Apple was their Mini DisplayPort video connection...
“This is a remarkably short-sighted move for both Apple and Hollywood,” wrote Fred von Lohmann, senior intellectual property attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation in a post to the organization’s Web site. “This punishes existing iTunes customers.” He also called new MacBook’s a downgrade in everyone’s previous investment in iTunes content.
What has been heralded as a breakthrough in the digitisation of human knowledge is also raising questions about how most humans will access that knowledge, according to an expert in copyright and the public interest.
Fred von Lohmann, senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, recently raised concerns about Google’s new settlement with publishers allowing the search engine to continue borrowing millions of books from libraries and scanning them to make a digital library.
Host Jonathan Kirsch, an attorney specializing in intellectual property and publishing law, moderates a panel discussion on a landmark literary-legal settlement. It allows Google to scan and make available online many out-of-print but still-copyrighted books. The settlement portends a viable digital future for authors, publishers and libraries. Is there any downside?
Alexander McGillivray: Associate General Counsel for Products and Intellectual Property, Google
James Gleick: Vice President, Authors' Guild
Allan Robert Adler: Vice President for Legal and Government Affairs, Association of American Publishers
Fred von Lohmann: Senior Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation
The US-based Electronic Frontier Foundation has published a guide on how IT professionals can avoid falling foul of the law as a result of ethical hacking...
"A computer-security researcher who has inadvertently violated the law during the course of her investigation faces a dilemma when thinking about whether to notify a company about a problem she discovered in one of the company's products," the guide states. "By reporting the security flaw, the researcher reveals that she may have committed unlawful activity, which might invite a lawsuit or criminal investigation. On the other hand, withholding information means a potentially serious security flaw may go unremedied."
Agents along the Canada and Mexico borders are using a controversial new machine that can "read" the personal information contained in some government-issued ID cards — such as passports and driver's licenses — as travelers approach a checkpoint...
"There's this strange rush to a fancy or shiny new technology," says Lee Tien of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The cards "are quite vulnerable" to being cloned or having their codes broken.
Congress had no right to pass a law intended to torpedo lawsuits accusing the nation’s telecoms of massive violating privacy laws when they helped the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping of Americans, a privacy group told a federal judge Thursday.
The reply brief (.pdf) from the Electronic Frontier Foundation marks the last paper salvo in the battle over retroactive amnesty for the nation’s telecoms that are accused of helping the Bush administration secretly circumvent federal wiretapping law for five years.
A copyright lawsuit against a man who posted instructions on how to print unlimited copies of coupons has been dropped...
The Electronic Frontier Foundation also filed an amicus brief in support of Stottlemire's motion to dismiss, arguing that Coupons' technology didn't protect access to the files in question, and therefore Stottlemire did not circumvent anything.