EFF in the News
The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Corynne McSherry looks at the revised version of the Stop Online Piracy Act that is going to markup today, and finds that it does not address the substantive First Amendment issues raised by scholars who've weighed in since its introduction.
The first bill, the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA), scheduled to go before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee Thursday, makes the streaming of unauthorized content a felony. But, as the Electronic Frontier Foundation warns, the bill's "vague language would create devastating new tools for silencing legitimate speech all around the Web."
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which filed an amicus brief in this case, also pointed out that the religious leader was not merely a private individual but rather an easily identifiable public figure that leads a religious sect, and that many of the defendant's statements relate to beliefs of the sect and her qualifications as a leader, the Judge said.
A GROUP OF INTERNET HEAVYWEIGHTS have written to the US Congress with their arguments against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect-IP Act (PIPA).
The letter comes from the Electronic Frontier Foundation and is undersigned by internet engineers like Vint Cerf, Paul Vixie, author of BIND, and Jim Gettys, editor of the HTTP 1.1 protocol standard, and is in no doubt that SOPA is a very bad thing.
Rather than address Eckhart's claims, Carrier IQ responded with legal threats, accusing him of copyright violation because his analysis included copies of its manuals, even though the manuals were publicly available on the company's own website. After the nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation came to Eckhart's defense, the company withdrew its threats and apologized.
If the Stop Online Piracy Act becomes law, online speech like Eckart's will be more vulnerable to censorship.
As entertainment industry lobbyists hammer members of Congress about the need to fundamentally change the structure of the Internet by passing the Protect IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act, Parker Higgins, a spokesperson for technology advocacy group The Electronic Frontier Foundation, said he hopes they remember that even today’s declining home video market was once in the studios’ cross-hairs.
Julie Samuels of the non-profit Electronic Frontier Foundation says the suit is in front of the International Trade Commission.
JULIE SAMUELS: The only thing the ITC can do is prohibit any kind of technology that is found to infringe a party's patents from being imported into the United States.
The anti-piracy bill, which goes before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, makes the streaming of unauthorized content a felony. Which is all well and good, but as the Electronic Frontier Foundation warns, the bill's "vague language would create devastating new tools for silencing legitimate speech all around the Web."
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, an advocacy group dedicated to protecting users’ digital rights, on Tuesday posted an enormously helpful blog entry describing and illustrating in basic terms the various versions of the controversial Carrier IQ software installed in the background on upwards of 140 million mobile phones worldwide.