EFF in the News
To highlight the need for a jailbreaking exemption, EFF has made this video showing how Sony shipped its PlayStation 3 with the promise that users could run GNU/Linux on it, a promise that was taken up by many purchasers, including the USAF, who used a room full of PS3s running Linux to make a clustered supercomputer. But Sony changed its mind and revoked the feature after the fact and began to actively pursue legal penalties against researchers who attempted to restore it.
inSharA coalition of 75 groups including Reddit, Mozilla, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Knowledge, Open Congress, and Human Rights Watch, have sent an open letter to Congress asking it to put the brakes on intellectual property lawmaking in the wake of the massive backlash against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect-IP Act (PIPA).
EFF Called ‘Radical Interest Group’ by Adult Film Maker
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco-based digital-rights group, was characterized as a “radical interest group” in a court filing by a maker of adult films.
Hard Drive Products Inc. sued 1,495 unidentified defendants in federal court in Washington in September. The suit was related to the defendants’ alleged unauthorized use of the film “Amateur Allure -- MaeLynn” through the BitTorrent file- sharing protocol.
The email list included members of Fight for the Future, Public Knowledge, CDT, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Free Software Foundation, Mozilla and Demand Progress, a liberal civil liberties group, participants said.
In conjunction with Cox's motion, the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed an amicus brief, arguing that the jury award should be overturned because it is a threat to free speech, was excessive, and was based on the wrong legal standard of defamation.
These 'pay-what-you-want' compilations of hit indie games have been selling like scorching baked goods over the past year, raising cash for both the developers and charities, too (a percentage of each sale goes to the likes of Child's Play Charity and the Electronic Frontier Foundation).
EFF has entered a number of file-sharing cases against unidentified defendants, arguing that the subpoena power plaintiffs seek is overbroad, and attempting to protect the due process rights of those who have been sued.
You're on the way to a meeting. Traffic seems to be slowing. A text comes in: "You're going to be late. Take the next exit for alternate route." It's from Google.
"That's not something I want my computer telling me. It's creepy," said Kurt Opshal, senior staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit digital rights advocacy organization based in San Francisco.
New tactic in mass file-sharing lawsuit: just insult the EFF: When the EFF tried to intervene yesterday in a mass file-sharing lawsuit, the plaintiffs called the group "radical" and "quasi-anarchist." What they didn't do was address the EFF's arguments.
With the looming expiration of an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that has made such hacks legal, the organization is once again taking up the cause. And this time, it's added tablets and gaming consoles to its proposal. We sat down with EFF staff attorney Mitch Stoltz to discuss the state of the law and how users can help in the fight.