EFF in the News
Over at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Corynne McSherry addressed the latest revisions to the act, pointing out that there is “no compromise” and that the bill “must be killed”.
Barlow’s organization, the cyberlibertarian EFF, has taken a strong stand against SOPA, arguing that it “would have a disastrous effect on online freedom of speech“ and recently collecting 83 signatures of prominent Internet engineers who oppose it, including several Internet inventors and other names from IBM, Yahoo! and Nokia.
EFF attorney Marcia Hoffman said Dullea's heavy-handed approach helped fuel a PR and legal nightmare for the company.
"Whenever a lawyer sends a legal threat, it makes everyone immediately defensive," Hoffman said. "People become very wary of each other and entrenched in their positions. I think that their initial approach to this problem definitely contributed to this blow-up."
Hanni Fakhoury, a lawyer with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, based in San Francisco, which filed a brief in support of the defendant’s motion to dismiss the case, said he was heartened by the distinction that the judge drew between speech on a public platform, versus through e-mail or telephone.
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.