EFF in the News
Groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union say it's nothing more than extortion. When such cases make it to court, they're usually thrown out, but the industry still sends the letters to tens of thousands of people every year on the assumption that some will settle — usually for $3,000 to $5,000 — because they're too scared to risk outing themselves as porn aficionados.
Innocent Megaupload users lost access to legal data when the federal government recently shut down the website, the Electronic Frontier Foundation claims, calling for the government to restore this material.
Digital rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation, meanwhile, praises Google's plan to simplify its privacy policies, but criticizes the company for doing a poor job of explaining what policy changes are actually being made.
Wong is one of 1,495 Internet users Hard Drive Productions has sued for copyright infringement since 2011, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco-based digital rights group.
Many of the defendants moved to quash subpoenas from Hard Drive aimed at revealing their identities, and most of the motions were filed under seal to protect their anonymity, the EFF said.
Namecheap has donated over $64,000 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation to help the organization fight for our digital rights. Namecheap also blacked out its front page on January 18th, urging US customers to petition their government officials to ask them to shelve both acts in the House and in the Senate.
The US-based digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation has since written a letter hinting it might begin its own legal action if the service providers consequently tried to wipe the data, now that they were no longer being paid by Megaupload to store it.
"Many innocent third parties... used Megaupload for wholly legal purposes and have since lost access to their data," wrote the organisation's legal director, Cindy Cohn.
While not everyone agrees with the EFF's position on various issues, the group is still pretty widely respected in legal circles. So it seems a bit odd that a copyright troll has apparently decided to spend an entire filing trying to block the EFF from filing an amicus brief ("friend of the court" brief) in one of its cases, attacking the EFF directly as some sort of "radical" and "quasi-anarchist" group.
INTERNET FREEDOM FIGHTER the Electronic Frontier Foundation has sent an open letter to Hollywood warning that non-creatives are damaging the industry and calling on the movie studios to kick out the old guard.The film industry's support of regulations like the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) has lead the EFF to contact its members so openly, and it has directly criticised the entertainment industry leaders while calling for everyone else to be more reasonable.
When Megaupload was shut two weeks ago, for reportedly countenancing online piracy, many of its users worried that legitimate personal data had also been lost. Now the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an advocacy group, has teamed with Carpathia Hosting, one of Megaupload’s data storage services, for Megaretrieval, a Web site offering to help users “investigate their options for retrieving their legitimate, noninfringing files from Megaupload.”
Non-profit group, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), supported by Carpathia Hosting, today announced its plans to assess Megaupload users who are at risk of losing their data.