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US v. Councilman

To protect your privacy, EFF supported the prosecution of an email provider who illegally copied his customers' incoming mail to his own email account. After a federal court misinterpreted the Wiretap Act and dismissed criminal charges, EFF and several other groups filed briefs endorsing the federal government's request for a...

US v. Drew

The defendant Lori Drew was charged with violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) by using a fictitious name and age on a MySpace account and using that account to make hurtful comments to a teenage girl. Tragically the girl later took her own life. Federal prosecutors claim that...

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US v. ElcomSoft Sklyarov

The DMCA Is Not a Global Statute The FBI arrested Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov while he was attending a security conference in Las Vegas to discuss the Advanced eBook Processor, a program to decrypt Adobe eBook files. This made Sklyarov the first person to be criminally charged under the Digital...
Copyright Troll

USCG v. The People

This page provides resources to assist those sued by the U.S. Copyright Group aka aka the lawfirm of Dunlap Grubb & Weaver
Starting in the Spring of 2010, a Washington D.C. law firm calling itself the "U.S. Copyright Group" (USCG) launched a series of predatory...

USP v. Durkee

EFF represented Savitri Durkee, an activist concerned with preserving the character of New York City's Union Square and Union Square Park. As one part of her education campaign, Durkee created a website parodying the official website of Union Square Partnership (USP), a group backing extensive redevelopment of the area. In...

Verizon / MCI

These cases, handled by the courts along with Hepting v. AT&T, included a consolidated class action complaint on behalf of customers against various Verizon and MCI entities, alleging wholesale dragnet surveillance. It also included a few cases against Verizon entities arising under various state privacy laws. All of these...

Vernor v. Autodesk

This case tests whether the "first sale doctrine" in copyright law -- which makes it legal to resell, lend, or give away books, CDs, DVDs, and software that you own -- will survive in the digital age of "licensed" content.
Timothy Vernor is an online software reseller who...

Viacom v. YouTube

In March 2007, Viacom sued YouTube and Google, alleging that they should be held responsible for the copyright infringements committed by YouTube users. The lawsuit sought more than $1 billion in damages and came on the heels of Viacom's delivery of more than 100 000 takedown notices targeting...


Visa v. JSL Corporation

The English Language Belongs to Everyone Fighting the over-reach of trademark law, EFF signed on as co-counsel to a small travel services company, JSL, after credit card giant Visa convinced a federal court in Las Vegas to prevent the company from using the domain name "" In December of 2003...
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Warshak v. United States

EFF and other civil liberties groups filed an amicus brief in Warshak v. United States urging the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to hold that the government's seizure of email without a warrant violated the Fourth Amendment and federal privacy statutes as well as the Justice Department's own surveillance...

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Warshak v. USA

Update On 6/18/07: Sixth Circuit issues opinion upholding district court's injunction against secret warrantless seizures of email
In Warshak v. USA EFF is fighting to make sure that your email is as safe against government intrusion as your phone calls postal mail or the private papers you keep in...

Copyright Troll

West Virginia Copyright Troll Lawsuits

In a big victory in the fight against copyright trolls a judge in West Virginia has blocked an attempt to unmask accused file sharers in several predatory lawsuits involving the alleged illegal downloading of pornography. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed an amicus brief in the case arguing that the...

White v. Blackwell: Creating True Verifiability in a Battleground State

A federal lawsuit filed by EFF in Ohio offers an unprecedented opportunity to expose and help fix problems related to flawed electronic voting systems.
The increased scrutiny of the 2004 presidential campaign revealed an election system in dramatic need of repair. Like numerous states throughout the country Ohio's closely-contested...


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