EFF in the News
New evidence surfaced Friday in the Righthaven LLC lawsuits that attorneys say could undermine Righthaven’s entire copyright infringement lawsuit campaign over Las Vegas Review-Journal stories.
Attorneys for the online freedom of speech group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed heavily-redacted court papers in Las Vegas on Friday asking the federal court for permission to use the evidence against Righthaven and Stephens Media LLC.
AT&T's lawyers argued that as a corporate citizen it was provided the same exemptions as a private citizen. A coalition of groups ranging from the EFF to the National Security Archive filed an Amicus brief explaining why corporations were not, and should not be, considered persons under FOIA. The Court obviously agreed with them. In agreeing with them, the Court picked apart the term "personal privacy," using definitions, precedents, and a little horse sense to overturn the lower courts decision. One of my favorite passages was the last paragraph of page 7 continuing onto page 8:
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), an online civil liberties group, has denounced Righthaven as one of the new "copyright trolls."
Cindy Cohn (Legal Director, General Counsel, Electronic Frontier Foundation)
The cases taken on by Cindy Cohn are precedent-setting cases that are forming the digital media landscape. She has defended online activism, individuals against warrantless wiretapping under NSA spying, and the loosening of restrictions on encryption software (which later became caselaw).
1) HTTPS Everywhere:
HTTPS Everywhere, the Firefox extension from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, helps users to secure the connection between the browser and the servers. Once it is installed, by default every sites are checked and any time you visit one of the sites covered by HTTPS Everywhere, your browser automatically goes for the HTTPS/SSL connection option, or uses TOR's resources to encrypt it.
In its legal battle, Ivi drew support from a coalition of digital rights groups, including Public Knowledge and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. They argued in a friend-of-the-court brief that the law should not favor "1970s-era cable operators" over companies that use new technology to offer similar services.
How awesome is this book? Here's a sneak peek: "This is a book about cops, and wild teenage whiz-kids, and lawyers, and hairy-eyed anarchists, and industrial technicians, and hippies, and high-tech millionaires, and game hobbyists, and computer security experts, and Secret Service agents, and grifters, and thieves." That's the first sentence in a fascinatingly frank firsthand account of life on the legal fringes of cyberspace; highlights include the fall of the Legion of Doom, the Knight Lightning trial of 1990 and the rise of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Amid criticism from the likes of the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Sen. Collins has stated that the proposed bill is proactive in that "we cannot afford to wait for a cyber 9/11 before our government finally realizes the importance of protecting our digital resources."
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has published an Excel spreadsheet document listing recent dismissals of porn BitTorrent cases.
The spreadsheet lists all of the studios, movie titles, attorneys and number of dismissed and current John Does related to 36 mass defendant lawsuits in which judges dismissed more than 40,000 unnamed John Does accused of illegal file sharing.
However, the panel that was the most fascinating was later in the day with a panel called "Lawyers, Guns & Money," discussing questions around music file sharing and what should be done about it. The lineup of panelists included Rich Bengloff (who later told me that I should have the word "editor" stripped from my badge because it gave me too much credibility -- nice guy, that Rich) from A2IM (who represents independent music labels), Michael Petricone from the Consumer Electronics Association, Julie Samuels from the EFF, Mark Eisenberg who has worked at the major labels and is now a consultant, and Bryan Calhoun from SoundExchange. The whole thing was moderated by Jonathan Potter who certainly knows how to make a panel get... lively.