EFF in the News
A US judge ruled yesterday that copyright “troll” Righthaven lacked legal authorisation to bring an infringement lawsuit because it did not have ownership of the copyright in question, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The case could have an impact on the future prospects of so-called copyright troll cases, EFF said.
"We are pleased that the Court saw through Righthaven's sham assignment of the copyright and dismissed its improper claim," said EFF Senior Staff Attorney Kurt Opsahl. "Today's decision shows that Righthaven's copyright litigation business model is fatally flawed, and we expect the decision to have wide effect on the over 270 other cases Righthaven has brought."
Then along came attorneys for the digital rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). They succeeded in unsealing Righthaven’s lawsuit contract with Review-Journal owner Stephens Media LLC.
EFF's Jillian York comments on the revelation that a popular Syrian blog was a work of fiction.
We spoke with Julie Samuels of the EFF, who explained that filing for a declaratory judgment could theoretically enable NYT and OpinionLabs to have trials held in California and Illinois, where the declaratory judgments were filed, instead of the Eastern District of Texas -- the notoriously plaintiff-friendly court where Lodsys filed its suit against seven devs on May 31st.
Hugh from the Electronic Frontier Foundation sez ,"In a decision with likely wide-ranging impact, a judge in Las Vegas today dismissed as a sham an infringement case filed by copyright troll Righthaven LLC.
EFF's new member t-shirts are great: a Tron-esque "I fight for the users" motto on the back, a fireball-cannon winged mecha on the front!
Microsoft won support from such rivals as Apple, Google and even open-source advocate Electronic Frontier Foundation.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has begun the EFF Tor Challenge to encourage the creation of more relays for the anonymising network.
"Whiste-blowing by definition threatens 'the interests of others,'" said EFF attorney Hanni Fakhoury. "Every time someone uploads a scoop to SafeHouse, they jeopardize someone's interest in order to inform the public of what's actually going on."