EFF in the News
"They're taking a very blunt instrument designed for the seizure of contraband to take down parts of the Internet," said Corynne McSherry, intellectual property director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco digital civil liberties group.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the ACLU are currently litigating another case in Texas over whether existing federal law provides judges with enough autonomy to require search warrants for historical cellular location data.
Evercookies are an overt way to track people. But there are subtler fingerprints a browser leaves behind that can help identify who's using a browser, as the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Peter Eckersley documented last year in his Panopticlick report.
A US judge ruled yesterday that copyright “troll” Righthaven lacked legal authorisation to bring an infringement lawsuit because it did not have ownership of the copyright in question, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The case could have an impact on the future prospects of so-called copyright troll cases, EFF said.
"We are pleased that the Court saw through Righthaven's sham assignment of the copyright and dismissed its improper claim," said EFF Senior Staff Attorney Kurt Opsahl. "Today's decision shows that Righthaven's copyright litigation business model is fatally flawed, and we expect the decision to have wide effect on the over 270 other cases Righthaven has brought."
Then along came attorneys for the digital rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). They succeeded in unsealing Righthaven’s lawsuit contract with Review-Journal owner Stephens Media LLC.
EFF's Jillian York comments on the revelation that a popular Syrian blog was a work of fiction.
We spoke with Julie Samuels of the EFF, who explained that filing for a declaratory judgment could theoretically enable NYT and OpinionLabs to have trials held in California and Illinois, where the declaratory judgments were filed, instead of the Eastern District of Texas -- the notoriously plaintiff-friendly court where Lodsys filed its suit against seven devs on May 31st.
Hugh from the Electronic Frontier Foundation sez ,"In a decision with likely wide-ranging impact, a judge in Las Vegas today dismissed as a sham an infringement case filed by copyright troll Righthaven LLC.
EFF's new member t-shirts are great: a Tron-esque "I fight for the users" motto on the back, a fireball-cannon winged mecha on the front!