EFF in the News
Back in January, we noted that the EFF had scored another hit in its ongoing patent-busting project, getting the USPTO to re-examine a patent held by Seer Systems. It appears that Seer Systems doesn't much like being targeted by the EFF and decided to threaten the group with a defamation lawsuit over how it described Seer's actions.
Craigslist, the online classifieds juggernaut, has run afoul of authorities once again, over the ads in its adult section. On Thursday, the sheriff in Cook County, Ill., called the site the “largest source of prostitution in America,” and filed a civil lawsuit to get Craigslist’s “erotic services” section shut down...
Does the sheriff’s suit have a legal leg to stand on? Electronic Frontier Foundation senior staff attorney Matt Zimmerman doesn’t think so. “I would be surprised if it went very far,” he said today. Aside from Craigslist already cooperating with authorities, a federal court has already ruled that Web sites are immune to liability for what a third party posts, so long as the site doesn’t directly help create that content. And if it ever got that far, constitutional freedom of speech protections likely also apply to Craiglist, he said.
A heartfelt thank you from liberty central to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) for its Surveillance Self-Defence website, which aims to educate the public about "the law and technology of government surveillance ... [as well as] providing the information and tools necessary to evaluate the threat of surveillance and take appropriate steps to defend against it."
“The Kindle Swindle?,” by Roy Blount Jr. (Op-Ed, Feb. 25), missed the heart of the matter.
As we explained in the blog post to which Mr. Blount referred, there is no legal basis for the claim that authors are owed royalties for the Kindle’s “read to me” feature.
In the five years since he co-founded RateMDs.com, a site where patients rate their doctors, John Swapceinski has been threatened with lawsuits at least once a week. Not one disgruntled physician has actually carried out his threats, Swapceinski tells MediaPost...
Certainly digital rights advocates are chomping at the bit to take on Medical Justice in court. When asked about the prospect of a review site defending a copyright infringement lawsuit for posting a patient review, the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Matt Zimmerman had this to say: "I want that case."
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has accused RealNetworks of destroying evidence relevant to a lawsuit over the company's DVD-copying software...
In a letter sent to the Electronic Frontier Foundation in October, the MPAA said that groups who defend companies like Real are living in the past, and that P2P is out while legit video options are totally in.
Google is promising that its new location-reporting service Latitude, which lets you broadcast where you are to your friends, will have a memory leak and won't remember anything...
The policy, created in consultation with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, puts Latitude on equal privacy footing with Loopt, a popular friend-finding service that predates Latitude. Both services now overwrite your previous location with your new location, and don't keep logs.
You say you have no secrets. Your life's an open book. You have nothing to hide. But still, do you really want to make it easy for Uncle Sam -- or anyone else for that matter -- to rifle through your contact lists, read your e-mails or monitor your cash flow?...
"We all benefit from the explosion in communications technology, but it also means that there are new and growing caches of sensitive data about us," said Kevin Bankston, a senior staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights group that, this week, launched a surveillance self-defense campaign.
Should the government be able to surreptitiously install GPS tracking devices on your vehicle without a warrant? The San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation argued this week that such activity is a violation of civil liberties.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has opened a web site designed to help you keep the government from get its grubby mitts on your hard-drive today.