EFF in the News
Host Jonathan Kirsch, an attorney specializing in intellectual property and publishing law, moderates a panel discussion on a landmark literary-legal settlement. It allows Google to scan and make available online many out-of-print but still-copyrighted books. The settlement portends a viable digital future for authors, publishers and libraries. Is there any downside?
Alexander McGillivray: Associate General Counsel for Products and Intellectual Property, Google
James Gleick: Vice President, Authors' Guild
Allan Robert Adler: Vice President for Legal and Government Affairs, Association of American Publishers
Fred von Lohmann: Senior Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation
The US-based Electronic Frontier Foundation has published a guide on how IT professionals can avoid falling foul of the law as a result of ethical hacking...
"A computer-security researcher who has inadvertently violated the law during the course of her investigation faces a dilemma when thinking about whether to notify a company about a problem she discovered in one of the company's products," the guide states. "By reporting the security flaw, the researcher reveals that she may have committed unlawful activity, which might invite a lawsuit or criminal investigation. On the other hand, withholding information means a potentially serious security flaw may go unremedied."
Agents along the Canada and Mexico borders are using a controversial new machine that can "read" the personal information contained in some government-issued ID cards — such as passports and driver's licenses — as travelers approach a checkpoint...
"There's this strange rush to a fancy or shiny new technology," says Lee Tien of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The cards "are quite vulnerable" to being cloned or having their codes broken.
Congress had no right to pass a law intended to torpedo lawsuits accusing the nation’s telecoms of massive violating privacy laws when they helped the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping of Americans, a privacy group told a federal judge Thursday.
The reply brief (.pdf) from the Electronic Frontier Foundation marks the last paper salvo in the battle over retroactive amnesty for the nation’s telecoms that are accused of helping the Bush administration secretly circumvent federal wiretapping law for five years.
A copyright lawsuit against a man who posted instructions on how to print unlimited copies of coupons has been dropped...
The Electronic Frontier Foundation also filed an amicus brief in support of Stottlemire's motion to dismiss, arguing that Coupons' technology didn't protect access to the files in question, and therefore Stottlemire did not circumvent anything.
A high-powered First Amendment attorney has agreed to represent real estate news site Blockshopper, which is being sued by law firm Jones Day for trademark infringement lawsuit for having linked to the firm's Web site...
Digital rights groups from around the country are seeking to get involved in the case. The Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Citizen are among the groups that attempted to file a friend-of-the-court brief on Blockshopper's behalf, but Darrah turned those organizations away. He ruled last week that a friend-of-the-court brief "would not now be helpful."
Not since former vice-president Al Gore “invented” the Internet has technology been as hot a talking point in the corridors of power in Washington...
The CTO would also likely play a role in the U.S. government's involvement in the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), an international treaty under construction by a number of nations, including Canada, that would enact strict enforcement rules surrounding intellectual property and copyright matters. The Electronic Frontier Foundation in the U.S. and several other legal groups have already publicly condemned the ACTA.
Tennessee has agreed to filter computer networks for unauthorized music downloads at the state's colleges and universities...
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, an Internet-user advocacy group, called the law "ridiculous," and said the costs of enforcing it would top $9 million.
"The entertainment industry lobby seems to be succeeding, bit-by-bit in persuading legislators to coerce universities into buying 'infringement suppression' technologies," the EFF said in a blog post, adding that these technologies are expensive and "won't stop file sharing on campus networks."
The Internet has made it possible for every citizen with a gripe against a company to broadcast their feelings far and wide online. But that doesn't mean that businesses are happy about this...
This morning, the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a counterclaim against the Union Square Partnership on Durkee's behalf. The rights group argues that Durkee only incorporated portions of the official site in order to mock the organization.
"Because the disputed website is a parody, it by necessity mimics certain elements of USP's website," the group argues. "For example, the parody site replaced pictures of happy shoppers with photos of the 80 year-old elm trees that have been destroyed and a portrait of a squirrel holding a 'Keep Parks Public!' sign."
In what is fast becoming a holiday tradition, retailers are barraging coupon sites with complaints that they publicized upcoming markdowns before the stores wanted to release the information...
Electronic Frontier Foundation lawyer Corynne McSherry added that pursuing claims that upcoming discounts are "trade secrets" could generate bad publicity for retailers. "In a court of public opinion, especially in these economic times, it's not going to look good to say, 'We make a lot of money by not telling people that we're about to put stuff on sale,' " McSherry said.