EFF in the News
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.
Critics say cell phone companies tell customers what data they're collecting by sending them privacy notices like these that may be difficult to understand and written in fine print. And they don't like that consumers who don't want to be tracked have to make the extra effort to "opt out".
"I don't really think that most people are going to review every email they get form their cell phone company and then go through the extra step of opting out of this targeted advertisement," Reitman says.
In a letter (PDF) sent to the Eastern Virginia US Attorney's office and to lawyers for Megaupload, the EFF asks for all material on the servers to be retained "both for purposes of contemplated future litigation and as a matter of obligation and courtesy to the innocent individuals whose materials have unfortunately been swept up into this case."
Now the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Rainey Reitman explains it in simple language:
Here’s what you need to know about the substantive changes in the new policy:
The Electronic Frontier Foundation on Thursday asked federal prosecutors and lawyers for the Megaupload.com file-sharing service to allow users who uploaded material to retrieve it as long as it was not copyrighted material.
Carpathia, which is working with the nonprofit digital rights advocacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), created MegaRetrieval to help the EFF "assess the scope of the issue facing Megaupload users who are at risk of losing their data," as well as to "help drive awareness that Megaupload customers can seek legal assistance to retrieve their data," according to a joint statement released by the organizations.