EFF in the News
Kurt Opsahl, a senior staff attorney at EFF, a San Francisco-based organization that has litigated on issues of bloggers' rights, anonymity, and file sharing among others, believes the court order to shut down the Web sites is "deeply dangerous and wrong," in part, because it was aimed at the entire Web sites and not just the posts or comments in question.
Sports leagues are likely to become more prescriptive about what images can and cannot be used from its games, according to Cindy Cohn, the legal director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit group focused on digital rights. To fans, that may take the form of more restrictions listed on the backs of their tickets. This is likely to lead to more tension between the league, its fans and the news media.
“There’s a fundamental disconnect between fans who consider teams part of their culture, history and town, and the owners of the teams that view them as their private property,” Cohn said. “One saving grace is that they do care about their image and they don’t want to look like jack-booted thugs. But free speech is important.”
And so, to rally the troops, Barlow, co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, posted his famous Declaration of Independence of Cyberspace. He declared the "global social space we are building" to be "naturally independent of the tyrannies" governments seek to impose.
He alleges that the bloggers defamed him by calling the NAPW a scam -- but doesn't provide the context surrounding those alleged statements. That alone is reason for the judge to reject his attempt to learn the bloggers' identities, says Electronic Frontier Foundation attorney Matt Zimmerman. "You can't determine if statements are defamatory in isolation," he says.
"The court should recognize the Chamber's lawsuit for what it is -- an attempt to use intellectual property and related law to punish a political parody that the Chamber found humorless, and which cast unwanted light on its controversial position on climate change," the Yes Men argue in a motion filed on their behalf by the digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation.
That’s unacceptable, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Kevin Bankston, who says that’s not the Facebook people signed up for.
“Just because Facebook users want to share personal info with their friends does not mean they want to share it with any nefarious parties on the internet,” Bankston said, “but that is exactly what Facebook is forcing its users to do.”
The proposal, brought by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, would pave the way for third-party apps on the iPhone — hence turning the iPhone into a blank slate to run whatever its owner wishes.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has a good primer on what you should do if you're ever subpoenaed for information you don't want to hand over.
Via EFF comes this rather interesting calculation of the DRM tax of owning an Amazon Kindle.
The totalitarian Big Brother regime depicted in George Orwell's futuristic novel may not exist yet, but "from the technology standpoint, we're definitely going on the '1984' road," said Peter Eckersley, staff technologist for the San Francisco digital rights organization Electronic Frontier Foundation.
"Some people say privacy is just gone, that we're going to have to get over it," Eckersley said. "That might be the way things play out, but if that happens, its dangerous because it may mean we ultimately end up living in a less tolerant society."