EFF in the News
If you ever wanted a one stop shop for false DMCA takedowns, YouTube has no shortage of these. We previously covered YouTube in our previous edition of False Accusations and YouTube is once again being mentioned in this edition.
The page located on EFF details 19 cases of false DMCA takedowns. The cases show perfect examples how tight copyright laws can have a negative impact on free speech. We don’t mean, “I uploaded this feature length film, it’s free speech” but rather, “I produced this clip and someone didn’t like it, so they use copyright to take down my video!”
Certainly, the fact that Apple has a reputation for a relationship with its developers that’s dismissive and autocratic is nothing new. In March, the Electronic Frontier Foundation posted the “iPhone Developer Program License Agreement,” a document that Apple would prefer you didn’t know too much about. The EFF obtained a copy of the agreement by filing a Freedom of Information Act request to NASA, which had created an iPhone app.
In her analysis of the draft Gwen Hinze of the Electronic Frontier Foundation wrote it would "facilitat[e] an ISP practice of Internet user disconnection on the basis of copyright holder allegations of copyright infringement."
The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Kurt Opshal takes us on a quick tour of Facebook’s eroding privacy protections over the years. It starts at 2005, when “thefacebook.com” would only display your personal information to other members of the groups you belonged to, to this year’s all-you-can-eat information buffet, where Facebook prohibits you from make some information private and by default shares your data with third-party Websites unless you tell it specifically not to.
Privacy advocates like the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Consumer Watchdog, and the Center for Digital Democracy say the bill's enforcement provisions are too weak. Internet companies and the groups that represent them, on the other hand, say the legislation will kill the Internet econcomy.
"Consumers should not have to sit idly by when the devices they have purchased are retroactively downgraded without their consent. We look forward to seeing how this lawsuit turns out," the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital civil liberties group, said in a statement.
Bettina Edelstein speaks with Kurt Opsahl, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an online civil liberties group. He says it’s getting harder, and more complicated, to use Facebook’s privacy settings, and he objects to the site making personal data public by default.
A collection of 11 consumer advocacy groups, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Consumer Action, is pressing the government to pass laws limiting the type of consumer information companies can track and also to require that said companies allow users to disable the invasive features.
Here's how it works: The bundle includes five indie games. You can choose to pay anything you want for these games, and then you can even decide where your payment goes. Purchasers can pick what percentage of their money will go to the developers, or to Child's Play (which gives video games to childrens hospitals around the globe) or to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (a lobbying organization which fights for the rights of the electronic entertainment industry)
There was an exemption from the disclosure requirements for what was called “operational” (defined as “a purpose reasonably necessary for the operation” of the company) or “transactional” (defined as “a purpose necessary for effecting, administering or enforcing” a transaction between company and customer). Those exceptions were “troubling,” said Peter Eckersley, senior staff technologist for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, one of these groups.