EFF in the News
EFF and other groups including the Authors Guild, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression and the Association of American Publishers are planning to send a letter to PayPal on Wednesday asking the company to reverse its policy.
"Hotfile's customers unfairly lost access to content because of Warner's bogus takedowns. But under Warner's theory, any company could sidestep accountability for abusing the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) by simply outsourcing the process to a computer," added EFF intellectual property director Corynne McSherry.
"The law requires the sender of a takedown notice has to have a good-faith belief that their copyright is being infringed," Mitch Stoltz, staff attorney at the EFF told The Register. "The system they are using appears to only be looking at file names, and sending out notices with no human review of the requests, or even an automated review of the file in question."
o explain, let's take a look at a recent lawsuit filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The digital rights group is suing a Florida lawyer on behalf of review site LawyerRatingz. The site won't remove negative reviews, which has prompted the attorney to threaten legal action.
The EFF is asking a federal court to preemptively rule that the site is not responsible for the reviews. It'll probably win.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation wants Warner Bros. Entertainment to pay for mistakes made by an automated campaign that ordered an online storage provider to take down content that Warner Bros. didn’t own.
Kellie from EFF sez, "All day on March 8th, we'll also be watching #EFFatWork and retweeting notable EFF gear photos."
Article by EFF's Trevor Timm and Jillian York.
David Sobel, senior counsel at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said that “despite the positive rhetoric that has come from the White House and the attorney general, that guidance has not been translated into real world results in actual cases. … Basically, the reviews are terrible.”
And according to a new report by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, they do a really bad job of keeping it private, leaving personal information like sexual identity and relationship history obtainable by such diverse parties as the courts, future employers, advertising companies, and hackers.
With mobile security loopholes seeming to crop up on a regular basis, the Electronic Frontier Foundation says enough is enough, proposing a mobile users' bill of rights for privacy.