EFF in the News
This week's top political tech story was the faceoff between lawyers for the Bush administration and Electronic Frontier Foundation attorneys who want a court to strike down a provision of the FISA Amendment Act granting retroactive immunity to telecoms that participated in the NSA's program of warrantless wiretapping. A judge will now have to decide whether the controversial statute gives the attorney general too much discretion to block claims that implicate the Fourth Amendment.
A provision in the federal Communications Decency Act (CDA) protects domain name registrars and Web hosting providers from being held legally liable in most cases for the content that clients post on their Web sites. But that hasn't stopped some companies from trying to pressure Internet intermediaries into disabling Web sites that contain what they consider to be objectionable material...
In an interview, EFF senior staff attorney Matthew Zimmerman said that U.S. law gives ample protection to Internet intermediaries in situations such as the one involving the nytimes-se.com site. The CDA "provides blanket immunity in a wide range of areas" to companies such as Joker.com, Zimmerman claimed.
Heavyweights in the online world are weighing in on a lawsuit that threatens to derail internet retailing. The case is being brought by Tiffany against online auction site, eBay...
The latest vocal entrant into the legal debate is the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Knowledge and Public Citizen. If Tiffany prevails on appeal, online marketplaces would likely come "to a halt," the groups said in a court filing Wednesday. They urged the appellate court "to reject Tiffany's effort to rewrite trademark law to relieve mark-owners of their traditional obligation to police their own marks, online and off."
A broad coalition of digital advocacy groups and individuals, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, MoveOn.org's Eli Pariser and Stanford University law professor Lawrence Lessig, are applauding Barack Obama's stated commitment to open government and suggesting ways he can show that commitment further.
In a new Web site that went up Tuesday, the groups lay out three principles they hope the incoming administration will follow. Obama's transition team pre-emptively agreed to the first one by announcing Monday that its Web site, change.gov, will implement a new copyright policy -- the Creative Commons License -- that allows for more widespread use of its content.
The days of the Bush administration may be numbered, but government lawyers were still hotly contesting flagship domestic surveillance litigation in Northern District of California federal court on Tuesday, with one lawyer warning that moving forward could disclose intelligence tradecraft and "destroy" government secrecy privileges...
Nichols, the DOJ lawyer, said Walker should discuss his decision making solely with the government if he finds a lack of evidence, while Wiebe and Cindy Cohn, a plaintiffs attorney and legal director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said there should be an adversarial proceeding.
Yesterday, the Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF) - that 18-year digital-freedom superhero - filed a pair of petitions with the United States Copyright Office, seeking to protect mobile-phone jailbreakers, unlockers, and digital-media masher-uppers from the slings and arrows of outrageous lawsuits.
Lawyers for the Electronic Frontier Foundation faced off against government attorneys Tuesday, as Judge Vaughn Walker heard arguments in a legal fight over telecoms' role in warrantless wiretapping that began almost three years ago. At issue is the constitutionality of the FISA Amendments Act, passed by Congress this summer, which could end the suit against the telecoms by retroactively immunizing them for their participation in the controversial National Security Agency eavesdropping program.
Every three years something special happens—and I’m not talking about a new Harry Potter movie. The U.S. Librarian of Congress is required to issue exemptions to the anti-circumvention clause of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the law that makes it a crime to work around encryption or Digital Rights Management protecting copyrighted materials...
The proposal in question was submitted by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and argues that end users should be allowed to jailbreak their phones to use legally-acquired third-party applications.
Every three years, the Library of Congress reconsiders its list of allowed exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's ban on circumventing DRM...
The EFF wants three things out of the current process. First up is protection for remixes, with a proposed exemption that allows amateur remixers to legally rip their clips from DVDs.
If it were legal, would it still be a jailbreak? The Electronic Frontier Foundation is requesting a Digital Millennium Copyright Act exemption for cell phone users who jailbreak, or hack, their mobile devices to run third-party applications from sources other than those approved by the phone maker.