EFF in the News
Audio program with EFF's Gwen Hinze.
Geohot has now said he's donating the remaining cash to the EFF, which hopefully will satisfy those who were upset over that aspect.
But this weekend Hotz donated $10,000 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit organization that advocates for individuals' digital rights internationally. The EFF came down on Hotz' side in Sony's suit against him and espouses principles not too unlike the "freedom to hack" movement that jailbreakers like Hotz espouse.
The legal action between Sony and George Hotz is over, and many have asked what would be done with the extra money individuals donated for Hotz's legal defense. He had promised to donate the overage to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and on Saturday he made good on that promise with a $10,000 donation.
"Everyone wants botnets to go away, so I'm not sad the botnet will be largely taken down," said Chris Palmer, technology director of the digital watchdog group Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Attorneys’ fees in a case like Democratic Underground—which is employing top IP lawyers from both the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Fenwick & West, one of Silicon Valley’s go-to law firms—could easily run into the low six figures. (These lawyers have taken the DU case on a pro bono basis, but that doesn’t mean they can’t collect attorneys fees at market rates.)
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has a post up today about some additional activity by the U.S. Justice Department, Department of Homeland Security and nine U.S. Attorney’s offices that have taken part in the seizure of 82 domains claiming that they were engaged in the sale and distribution of counterfeit goods and illegal copyrighted works.
Hotz today posted a screengrab of a receipt showing a $10,000 payment to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Internet privacy and digital rights advocacy organization which also supported Hotz during his suit.
Digital rights activist group Electronic Frontier Foundation recently examined twelve different companies, including Google, Facebook and Microsoft, among others, looking at how they responded to government requests for user data.
Interview with International Rights Director Katitza Rodriguez.