EFF in the News
With the Electronic Freedom Foundation backing it up, OdioWorks is playing David to Apple's Goliath in a lawsuit based on its First Amendment right to freedom of speech. The dispute centers on Apple's efforts to shut down online discussions that it claimed were violations of its copyrights.
The second day of a three-day hearing pitting Hollywood studios against RealNetwork’s DVD copying technology saw a computer scientist testify that the RealDVD software circumvented encryption safeguards, thereby violating provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)...
Fred von Lohmann, senior attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco-based civil liberties organization, attending the hearing said the studios are banking on the notion that the 1998 DMCA precludes a fair use right of duplication to consumers when encryption technology is circumvented.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a lawsuit against Apple on Monday. For a lot of MacBook toting, copyright-hating tech-sector workers, it's like watching our parents fight. But who's right?
In November 2008 Virginia-based OdioWorks, operator of BluWiki a non-commercial wiki that promises publishing without censorship, received a takedown notice from Apple demanding that it remove user postings about how to “write software that can sync media to the latest versions of the iPhone and iPod Touch"...
Two San Francisco-based law firms, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Keker & Van Nest have announced that they are taking up the case and representing BluWiki.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation and a San Francisco law firm sued Apple yesterday, accusing the Cupertino flogger of expensive PCs and personal technotoys of having illegally suppressed open discussion of its gadgets on a fan forum late last year.
Bart Williams calmly held up an "Eyes Wide Shut" DVD to emphasize how RealNetworks' new DVD-copying software will supposedly harm his Hollywood movie studio clients...
Corynne McSherry of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which has been critical of the movie studios' claims, said the case is all about control.
"What this case is about iswhether Hollywood is going tobe allowed to control innovation," McSherry said. "Whether Hollywood can use its copyrights to control how people use what they own."
The operator of a public wiki site has filed a lawsuit against Apple in an attempt to defend its rights to publish information under the First Amendment. OdioWorks LLC, which runs BluWiki, filed the lawsuit in a US District Court in the northern district of California today with the help of the Electronic Frontier Foundation in order to seek a declaratory judgment that would protect the company from continued attacks by Apple's legal team.
The operator of a technology discussion forum has sued Apple, claiming that the company used U.S. copyright law to curb legitimate discussion of its iTunes software...
The lawsuit was filed jointly in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and attorneys representing OdioWorks a small Herndon, Virginia, company that runs Bluwiki. Lawyers argue that the iPodhash discussions were about reverse-engineering software, not breaking copy protection, and ask for a court ruling to clarify the matter.
Representatives from consumer, privacy and other public interest organizations urged President Obama on Monday to fill a vacant commissioner post at the FTC with someone who will uphold the agency's mandate of protecting American consumers. The Center for Digital Democracy, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Electronic Privacy Information Center, the World Privacy Forum and others signed a letter arguing that charge has "too often been ignored in the recent past."
A widely used technology to authenticate users when they log in for online banking may help reduce fraud, but it does so at the expense of consumer privacy, a civil liberties attorney said during a panel at the RSA security conference last week...
Even though none of the information gathered during a log-in is personally identifiable, the bank shouldn't have to collect regular data on when, how often and from where a consumer accesses a bank account, said Jennifer Granick of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Such information can be compiled with other more sensitive information to create profiles and cross referenced to learn more about consumers, she said.