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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...

Trademark

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 "evisa.com." 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...

Petition to cancel 'Urban Homestead' trademarks

EFF has teamed up with the law firm of Winston & Strawn to represent Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen authors of The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-sufficient Living in the Heart of the City as well as their publisher Process Media in a petition to cancel the registration of...

Quanta v. LG

In Quanta v. LG Electronics, the Supreme Court has been asked to reaffirm the patent exhaustion doctrine, which entitles consumers to use, repair, or resell patented products that they have purchased. Despite clear Supreme Court precedents supporting the exhaustion doctrine, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has broken with this...

Reader Privacy Act of 2011

The California Reader Privacy Act (SB 602) passed in October 2011 and will be going into effect on January 1st 2012. EFF and the California affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union sponsored the bill, as it brings a much-needed digital rights upgrade to state law. It mirrors...

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RealNetworks v. DVD-CCA (RealDVD case)

In September 2008, the motion picture industry sued RealNetworks over its RealDVD software, which was designed to allow consumers to copy their DVDs to their computers for later playback. Real also had intended to launch a line of consumer electronics devices that would have combined a DVD player with...

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Rehberg v. Hodges

EFF and attorney Bryan Vroon have asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit to reexamine a panel ruling that violated a whistleblower's Fourth Amendment right to privacy in his email communications.
The whistleblower Charles Rehberg uncovered systematic mismanagement of funds at a Georgia public hospital. He...

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Request for Depublication of Novartis v. SHAC

On December 8 2006 EFF and Professor Deirdre Mulligan and Jack Lerner requested the depublication of Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Inc. v. Stop Huntingdon Cruelty USA Inc. (2006) 143 Cal.App.4th 1284 Ct. of App. Nos. A107538 & A108292. Novartis was decided on October 12 2006 about a month prior to...

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