EFF in the News
EFF argued in its response to Carrier IQ (PDF) that Eckhart's publication is protected under the Copyright Act's fair use provision: "The fair use of a copyrighted work...for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting...or research, is not an infringement of copyright." And, after Carrier IQ didn't substantiate what it said were Eckhart's "false allegations," the EFF concluded that "your threats are motivated by a desire to suppress Mr. Eckhart's research conclusions, and to prevent others from verifying those conclusions."
The EFF, which is representing Eckhart, had used the Copyright Act to good effect with Carrier IQ doing the decent thing and deciding to withdraw its cease and desist letter against Eckhart. Not only did it withdraw the letter, the firm also took the commendable step of apologising to Eckhart and the EFF.
The about face came a few days after the Connecticut-based Android developer received legal support from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which asserted his postings were protected by the US Constitution's First Amendment.
With the help of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), researcher Trevor Eckhart was successful in getting Carrier IQ to back down on claims that Eckhart infringed on Carrier IQ's copyrights and made false allegations in his analysis of the company.
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Shortly after the PDF arrived in Eckhart’s email, legal consult at the Electronic Frontier Foundation responded on Mr. Eckhart’s behalf. The response letter explained clearly that Eckhart’s research was covered by his First Amendment right to free expression. Essentially, the CarrierIQ guys didn’t have a leg to stand on, but they decided it was worth trying to scare Eckhart into compliance.
On the EFF's website the group said, "Given the weakness of its legal position, we have to conclude that Carrier IQ's real goal is to suppress Eckhart's research and prevent others from verifying his findings."
EFF's "Sovereign Keys" (SK) specification is designed to give domain owners control over the link between their domain names and their certificates after recent Certificate Authority (CA) compromises raised serious questions about the security of the entire Internet Public Key Infrastructure (PKI).
Civil liberties groups abroad are more concerned. “The situation in Afghanistan is unprecedented, but I worry that we could move into that situation in the United States without even realizing we’re doing it,” said Jennifer Lynch, a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco.