Recording Industry Announces Lawsuits Against Music Sharers

San Francisco - The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) today filed 261 lawsuits against people who allegedly shared copyrighted music online. The RIAA announced plans to sue more file-sharers and introduced an "amnesty" program available only to file-sharers who the RIAA has not yet identified or sued. The lawsuits...

Congress Plans Hearings on Recording Industry Tactics

San Francisco - Ninety-five organizations, ranging across the political spectrum, today sent letters to the chairs of the Senate Commerce and Judiciary Committees and the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations to thank them for planning hearings on the subpoena provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The organizations expressed their...

Federal Court Spurns Recording Industry Enforcement Tactics

Boston, MA - A Massachusetts district court today dealt the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) a serious setback by rejecting its Washington, D.C., subpoenas for the identities of Massachusetts students. For the moment, MIT and Boston College need not respond to the RIAA demands. "Today's ruling requires the recording...

Pacific Bell Sues Recording Industry for Customer Privacy

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation today applauded a lawsuit brought by Pacific Bell Internet Services against three organizations that are manipulating copyright laws to violate the privacy of ISP customers. The case concerns 97 subpoenas directed to Pacific Bell over the past two weeks. The Recording Industry Association...

File Sharers: See If the Recording Industry Is After You

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today offered important resources to those wondering whether the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has filed a subpoena seeking their identities in connection with a crackdown on music file-sharing. EFF is assisting Internet users by offering a mechanism for people to...

EFF on FCC's Order Regarding Implementation of Children's Internet Protection Act

The Federal Communications Commission today adopted measures to ensure that implementation of the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), a law mandating the use of Internet blocking software in public libraries, complies with the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding that law. "The FCC failed to take this opportunity to...

Security Researchers Discover Huge Flaws in E-Voting System

San Francisco - In response to today's release of research about critical security flaws in e-voting systems, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) urged immediate passage of e-voting legislation to prevent election fraud. Security researchers at Johns Hopkins University and Rice University announced today that they have discovered numerous serious security...

Electronic Frontier Foundation Issues E-Voting Alert

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation issued an action alert this week warning that electronic voting machines installed without a verifiable paper audit trail and open source software programming are vulnerable to election fraud. "Touchscreen voting machines can increase accessibility for people with disabilities, reduce the cost of printing...

Electronic Frontier Foundation Defends Printer Cartridge Co.

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today asked a federal appeals court to rule that a company can examine a competitor's technology in order to manufacture printer toner cartridges compatible with Lexmark printers without facing a copyright lawsuit. Printer maker Lexmark had sued, claiming that cartridge remanufacturer Static...

EFF on Digital Networks' decision to disable ReplayTV's features

EFF is disappointed with Digital Networks North America's decision to disable the Commercial Advance and Send Show features in new model 5500 ReplayTVs. "This is yet another example of Hollywood dictating what technologies consumers can and can't use" said EFF Attorney Gwen Hinze. "Consumers are the real losers from Digital...

EFF Statement on Court Order Requiring Verizon to Identify Users Pending Further Rulings

"RIAA's claim that it has an emergency need to violate the privacy of the two Verizon users is weak, especially since one of those users has already filed a declaration stating that he has disabled KaZaA entirely," said EFF Legal Director Cindy Cohn. "Once again, RIAA has shown that it...

Electronic Frontier Foundation Supports Unlicensed Spectrum

Electronic Frontier Foundation Media Release San Francisco, CA - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today supported a spectrum policy proposal from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and asked the FCC to acknowledge its First Amendment obligation to allocate additional spectrum for unlicensed use. Unlicensed use of spectrum would permit the...

Patriot II

"We're still reeling from the original USA-Patriot Act's impact on civil liberties and now the government wants more," said Cindy Cohn, EFF's Legal Director. "Where is the evidence that the law passed less than two years ago is insufficient? When will Congress draw the line and say 'this much of...

Hollywood Loses Bid to Limit Representation in ReplayTV Case

A federal court today affirmed the right of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) to represent ReplayTV owners in their lawsuit against 28 motion picture and television industry companies. Craig Newmark of craigslist.org and four other ReplayTV customers are suing the entertainment companies to clarify their rights to record television programs...

Hollywood Slams Electronic Frontier Foundation - Tries to Limit Legal Representation in ReplayTV Case

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) attorneys yesterday rejected an attempt by Hollywood entertainment companies to prevent access to critical court documents in a case involving the rights of five ReplayTV owners. Craig Newmark of craigslist.org, and four other ReplayTV customers, are suing the companies to clarify their rights to record television...

Judge Grants Consumer Voice in ReplayTV Lawsuit - Hollywood Tries to Skip Over Consumers' Concerns

Los Angeles - Judge Florence Cooper today granted five ReplayTV owners a voice in the court debate over their rights to record television programs and to skip commercials using digital video recorders (DVRs). The federal court denied the entertainment industry motion to dismiss the ReplayTV owners' lawsuit and agreed to...

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