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Triple7Vaping.com, LLC et al. v. Shipping & Transit LLC

EFF is representing Jason Cugle and his company Triple7Vaping.com LLC against claims that running a small mail-order business selling accessories for electronic cigarettes infringes four patents owned by Shipping & Transit LLC. Cugle, a Maryland resident, received a letter from Shipping & Transit accusing his company and website of violating...

U.S. v. Damian Patrick

The Milwaukee Police Department secretly used a Stingray to locate defendant Patrick through his cell phone without a warrant. As we’ve seen in other cases involving Stingrays, the government did everything it could in this case to hide the fact that it used the device—from the court that issued the...

Fox News v. TVEyes

In this case, Fox News sued a company called TVEyes, claiming the company’s text-searchable database of television and radio content—used by journalists, scholars, and political campaigns to study and monitor the national media—infringed its copyright in its programming. The district court acknowledged that the service is generally a fair use...

Apple Challenges FBI: All Writs Act Order (CA)

A U.S. federal magistrate judge has ordered Apple to break the security of an iPhone as part of the investigation into the 2015 San Bernardino shootings. Apple is fighting the order which would compromise the security of all its users around the world. In March 2016, FBI announced that it...

Copyright Office Section 512 study

At the end of 2015, the United States Copyright Office announced a Notice of Inquiry and a public study into the effectiveness of the safe harbor provisions in of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, outlined in Section 512. This is one of three simultaneous Copyright Office studies into different aspects...

Doe I v. Cisco

In the digital age, repressive governments do not act alone to violate human rights. They have accomplices—often Western technology companies—with the sophistication and technical know-how that those repressive governments lack. In this case, the plaintiffs are followers of the religious movement called Falun Gong in China. They were victims of...

United States v. Matthew Keys

The case arises out of Matthew Keys turning over the username and password of the content management system of his former employer, the Tribune Company, to members of Anonymous in an online chat room. An individual going by the name of “Sharpie” then used the credentials to log into the...

State of Maryland v. Kerron Andrews

State of Maryland v. Andrews is the first case in the country (that we know of) where an appellate court has held the Fourth Amendment precludes using a cell-site simulator (commonly known as a Stingray) without a warrant. In the case, Baltimore Police used a Hailstorm—a device...

Defense Distributed v. United States Department of State

EFF filed an amicus brief in this case, arguing that the government cannot require Americans to go through an export licensing scheme prior to posting and sharing 3-D printer design files online, because publishing technical information is a form of speech protected by the First Amendment.

People v. Buza

Californians who’ve merely been arrested and not charged, much less convicted of a crime, have a right to privacy when it comes to their genetic material, EFF said in an amicus brief filed Nov. 13, 2015 with the state’s highest court. EFF is urging the California Supreme...

Apple All Writs Act (NY)

In this case, the US government is demanding Apple bypass the lock screen of a seized iPhone under the All Writs Act, a general-purpose law passed in 1789 that allows a court to require third parties’ assistance to execute a prior order of the court. As of October, 2015, Apple...

EFF v. U.S. Department of Commerce

EFF filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) in 2012 seeking export license applications for "surreptitious listening equipment" submitted since 2006. This category of regulated technology is used primarily for wiretapping and EFF filed the lawsuit after the DOC released just two...

U.S. Telecom Association v. FCC

EFF and the ACLU filed an amicus brief in U.S. Telecom Association v. FCC, a lawsuit by telecommunications providers challenging the government's net neutrality rules, which will, among other things, prevent Internet service providers from interfering and censoring content on the Web. Our brief defends the part of the FCC's...

Pre-1972 Sound Recordings State Law Copyright Litigation

In the U.S., two copyrights generally exist for every song you hear on the radio or online. One relates to the underlying musical work (think sheet music). It typically belongs to a music publisher or songwriter. The other copyright relates to the recorded performance of the work, and typically belongs...

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