EFF in the News
Bart Williams calmly held up an "Eyes Wide Shut" DVD to emphasize how RealNetworks' new DVD-copying software will supposedly harm his Hollywood movie studio clients...
Corynne McSherry of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which has been critical of the movie studios' claims, said the case is all about control.
"What this case is about iswhether Hollywood is going tobe allowed to control innovation," McSherry said. "Whether Hollywood can use its copyrights to control how people use what they own."
The operator of a public wiki site has filed a lawsuit against Apple in an attempt to defend its rights to publish information under the First Amendment. OdioWorks LLC, which runs BluWiki, filed the lawsuit in a US District Court in the northern district of California today with the help of the Electronic Frontier Foundation in order to seek a declaratory judgment that would protect the company from continued attacks by Apple's legal team.
The operator of a technology discussion forum has sued Apple, claiming that the company used U.S. copyright law to curb legitimate discussion of its iTunes software...
The lawsuit was filed jointly in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and attorneys representing OdioWorks a small Herndon, Virginia, company that runs Bluwiki. Lawyers argue that the iPodhash discussions were about reverse-engineering software, not breaking copy protection, and ask for a court ruling to clarify the matter.
Representatives from consumer, privacy and other public interest organizations urged President Obama on Monday to fill a vacant commissioner post at the FTC with someone who will uphold the agency's mandate of protecting American consumers. The Center for Digital Democracy, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Electronic Privacy Information Center, the World Privacy Forum and others signed a letter arguing that charge has "too often been ignored in the recent past."
A widely used technology to authenticate users when they log in for online banking may help reduce fraud, but it does so at the expense of consumer privacy, a civil liberties attorney said during a panel at the RSA security conference last week...
Even though none of the information gathered during a log-in is personally identifiable, the bank shouldn't have to collect regular data on when, how often and from where a consumer accesses a bank account, said Jennifer Granick of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Such information can be compiled with other more sensitive information to create profiles and cross referenced to learn more about consumers, she said.
In a San Francisco courtroom today Hollywood is going after Seattle–based RealNetworks for its software that makes it a snap to copy DVDs. The movie industry says it will destroy them. Are they right? Is ripping DVDs stealing? An interview with EFF's Fred von Lohmann.
Hollywood calls it "rent, rip and return" and contends it's one of the biggest technological threats to the movie industry's annual $20 billion DVD market — software that allows you to copy a film without paying for it...
"If Hollywood wins, I don't think much changes in the real world," said Fred von Lohmann, an attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "Anybody who wants DVDs copied can download software for free in 10 minutes."
Two artists attempted to create a performance art piece by establishing a Wikipedia entry entitled "Wikipedia Art," which could then be freely edited and "transformed" by anyone choosing to do so...
The EFF's Corynne McSherry likewise noted the irony (and in her opinion, futility) of Wikimedia pursuing legal action in this particular matter, despite the EFF being a staunch advocate for Wikipedia in the past.
"If Hollywood wins, I don't think much changes in the real world. Anybody who wants DVDs copied can download software for free in 10 minutes." Fred von Lohmann, an attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The movie industry is challenging RealNetworks Inc. in court over software it contends allows the illegal copying of films.
Security experts and privacy advocates weighed the merits of device fingerprinting on Thursday...
Electronic Frontier Foundation civil liberties director Jennifer Granick warned that the information banks gather from the digital fingerprints could be used for more than just security.
"The question is what kind of privacy protection is there, and the answer is very little," said Granick.
"One thing we really do not want is for this information to be shared with affiliates who do advertising or marketing, because then you have the same problem we have with cookies, but much worse."