EFF in the News
In response to being called on this huge ethics violation, Stone petulantly dropped the case and blamed the judge for bringing in Public Citizen and the EFF -- while basically ignoring the massive ethics violation and questions raised about whether or not he had received settlements from people whose identity he wasn't supposed to know yet.
However, groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Center for Democracy and Technology, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and several members of Congress including Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., have spoken out against certain aspects of the bill.
Former AT&T engineer Mark Klein handed a sheaf of papers in January 2006 to lawyers at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, providing smoking-gun evidence that the National Security Agency, with the cooperation of AT&T, was illegally sucking up American citizens’ internet usage and funneling it into a database.
To summarize the staggering chutzpah involved in this case: Stone asked the Court to authorize sending subpoenas to the ISPs. The Court said “not yet.” Stone sent the subpoenas anyway. The Court appointed the Ad Litems [EFF and Public Citizen] to argue whether Stone could send the subpoenas.
Industry and civil liberties groups are better organized than they were a decade or so ago. Last year, Apple, Amazon.com, Google, Facebook, IBM, Americans for Tax Reform, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and others created a coalition to lobby Congress into enacting some of the same privacy protections that almost became law in 2000, including requiring a warrant to read e-mail or tracking someone's location.
That's why the Electronic Frontier Foundation has entered the porn piracy fray. According to EFF intellectual property director Corynne McSherry, the cases raise serious due process issues.
In its current incarnation, the system relies on a handful of “notaries,” including Marlinspike's organization and the the Electronic Frontier Foundation. It's capable of accommodating an unlimited number of notaries and would allow end users to query as many or as few as they want.
"Reports indicate that Cisco has also customized its technology to help China with surveillance of political activists," wrote the EFF's Jillian York.
The EFF has some news about more judges seeing through copyright trolls misuse of the court system to try to shake people down for money. In the first ruling they mention (embedded below), the judge doesn't just say that the lumping together of so many distinct individuals was improper, but also scolds the lawyers bringing the cases for clearly abusing the system:
This week, the digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation -- which has opposed Righthaven in other lawsuits -- filed a new set of court papers with Kane again asking him to dismiss Righthaven's pending cases, VegasInc.com reports.