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Gizmodo runs EFF Activist Parker Higgins EFF Deep Links blog post about new social app.
The EFF has now jumped in with an amicus brief that argues otherwise. The argument is pretty straightforward: if you're doing automated, or semi-automated takedown notices without reviewing them, the efforts are so careless and negligent that they clearly misrepresent the claims needed for a legitimate DMCA takedown. The filing notes that such automated takedowns are a real problem (even citing our recent experience), and that if such automated takedowns aren't liable for sanctions under 512(f) then that section is effectively meaningless.
The EFF says that, in addition to Smashwords, PayPal has issued similar warnings to publishers and booksellers including BookStrand.com. In a letter the EFF intended to send late Wednesday, the group said that PayPal "is holding free speech hostage...
Anxious to claim achievement at age 22, many find exaggeration the only route to take. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which celebrates its 22nd birthday tonight, has no need to exaggerate achievements; it needs to move, physically move. After 22 at the forefront of the digital civil liberties movement, EFF is bursting through the concrete seams of its Shotwell warehouse.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which fights for civil liberties in the digital world, claims Warner is using an "automated dragnet technique" it knows is flawed to send out takedown notices to potential copyright infringers.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has posted an infographic showing how patents hinder innovation, limit competition and stop people from gaining access to knowledge and tools to further ideas
Despite claims of poverty by Righthaven, an attorney for the Democratic Underground said Wednesday that the group plans to seek recovery of the legal fees racked up in beating back the Righthaven lawsuit.
“Given the circumstances of the case, we believe that such a motion should be granted,” said Kurt Opsahl, an EFF attorney in San Francisc
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."