Press Releases: May 2003
"Governor Owens, in vetoing the Colorado super-DMCA bill, recognized that these bills are bad for innovation, bad for competition, and bad for consumers," said Fred von Lohmann, senior staff attorney with the nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation. "These MPAA-sponsored bills represent the worst kind of special interest legislation, sacrificing the public interest in favor of the self-serving interests of one industry."
Governor Owens today vetoed the Colorado version of the "super-DMCA," a piece of state legislation being pressed by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) in state legislatures around the country. A wide variety of groups, including grassroots activists, civil liberties organizations and electronics manufacturers and retailers have rallied to oppose these measures around the country. For more on the status of these bills around the country, visit EFF's super-DMCA resources page.
The Bush Administration released its long-awaited report to Congress on the "Total Information Awareness" program today. (Now renamed "Terrorism Information Awareness")
"The report is disappointing -- after more than a hundred pages, you don't know anything more about whether TIA will work or whether your civil liberties will be safe against it," said EFF Senior Staff Attorney Lee Tien. "It's also disingenuous for a report about new technologies for monitoring people to keep saying, 'don't worry, we'll follow existing privacy law.' Privacy law is already behind the technology curve, and the Bush Administration fully understands that TIA will only make the problem worse."
Judge Susan Illston of the Northern District of California heard arguments in 321 Studios v. Metro Goldwyn Mayer this morning on whether 321's DVD backup software violates the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
"Fair use and the DMCA have been on a collision course since 1998," said EFF Staff Attorney Wendy Seltzer. "The judge's ruling in this case will tell whether fair use survives the crash."
The Wall Street Journal reports that all four of the college students recently sued by the RIAA have settled their actions, agreeing to pay between $12,000 and $17,500 each without admitting any wrongdoing. The students allegedly maintained "index servers" that allowed students to search on-campus local area networks (LANs) for music files.
"Does anyone think that suing college students is going to solve the file-sharing dilemma, especially when Windows XP now includes the very same tools that these students are being sued for running?" said Fred von Lohmann, senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "We should be talking about how to get artists compensated, not how to terrorize college students."