EFF in the News
Three groups representing libraries, including the American Library Association, the largest such group in the United States, have asked a federal judge to exercise “vigorous oversight” over a class-action settlement between Google, authors and publishers...
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, an online civil liberties group, has said that it, too, plans to ask the court to ensure that Google does not monitor the reading habits of users of its Book Search service.
“What we’d like to see Google do is make affirmative representations as to how they will protect privacy,” said Cindy Cohn, legal director of the foundation.
Apple, EFF square off over jailbreaking; Via wants to see Nano in servers; and criminals use LexisNexis for identity theft.
From COINTELPRO to the illegal targeting of antiwar activists and Muslim-Americans, the FBI is America's premier political police agency. And now, from the folks who brought us Wi-Fi hacking, viral computer spyware and al-Qaeda triple agent Ali Mohamed comes the Bureau's Department of Precrime!
A chilling new report by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) reveals the breadth and scope of the FBI's Investigative Data Warehouse (IDW), the Bureau's massive data-mining project.
To jailbreak or not to jailbreak the iPhone.
That was the heated topic of discussion late Friday between Apple’s iPhone marketing czar Greg Joswiak, Fred von Lohmann, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s copyright genius, Copyright Office officials including registrar Marybeth Peters, the record labels, movie studios and software industry.
Apple's iPhone marketing chief will square off against the Electronic Frontier Foundation and others Friday as the U.S. Copyright Office considers whether to allow an exemption to the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that would permit jailbreaking...
The problem is that the iPhone's digital rights management system not only prevents people from illegally copying its software, it also blocks legitimate users who want to run software on the device that is not approved by Apple, according to EFF attorney Fred von Lohmann. "When an iPhone owner jailbreaks her iPhone, no copyrights are infringed," he said in an e-mail message. "Granting an exemption will not reduce the availability of iPhone firmware or apps -- in fact, it's likely to increase the availability of both, by creating a more competitive, vibrant, consumer-driven marketplace."
Warner Music's well-publicized licensing dispute with YouTube has resulted in numerous clips being removed from the site...
"Larry Lessig is not alone," said Corynne McSherry, an attorney with the digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation. "Unfortunately, this is one of many, many, many examples where obvious fair uses get taken down."
On Sunday, a movie is due to get its premiere. It's a 40-minute high-definition film, released over the Internet, made by fans who are earning no profit on it...
It's an interesting question to Fred von Lohman, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Von Lohman says it's not really clear whether Bouchard and his crew of volunteers are in violation of the copyright for Tolkien's work.
Earlier this week, the EFF published a new report detailing the FBI's Investigative Data Warehouse, which appears to be something like a combination of Google and a university's slightly out-of-date custom card catalog with a front-end written for Windows 2000 that uses cartoon icons that some work-study student made in Microsoft Paint.
Every three years, the US Copyright Office reviews the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's most controversial section—the ban on circumventing DRM, even for legal uses...
The three-year exemption process looked so broken back in 2005 that the EFF issued a screed about how the process wasn't worth participating in. One of the authors was Fred von Lohmann, EFF's super-sharp copyright lawyer, who tomorrow will find himself defending not one but three new exemption requests. What changed?
Last week saw the start of a trial that pitches Hollywood studios against the technology industry, and whose outcome could change the face of home entertainment. The trial, taking place in San Francisco, centres around a $30 (£20) software package published last year called RealDVD...
RealNetwork's defence is that RealDVD strengthens DVD copy protection. Some observers, such as Fred von Lohmann, a senior lawyer with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, think Hollywood is fighting a losing battle: "I'm not sure what alternate version of reality the MPAA is living in, but consumers have been able to copy DVDs for a long time, thanks to free, widely available DVD rippers," he says.