Blizzard Freezes Bnetd Gaming Platform, Sues Own Customers

St. Louis - Game maker Blizzard Entertainment, along withits parent company Vivendi Universal Games, late Friday sued a small Internet Service Provider and its owner for distributing free software that emulates Blizzard's free Battle.net gaming service. The lawsuit claims that the creation and offering of the "bnetd" free software...

Media Conglomerate Threatens Suit Against Gamer Community

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today chided media conglomerate Vivendi Universal Publishing for threatening gamers who created their own multiplayer gaming community. On behalf of its Blizzard Entertainment division, Vivendi sent a "cease and desist" letter to Internet Gateway Inc., the Internet Service Provider (ISP) host of...

Electronic Frontier Foundation Opposes Digital Copyright Law

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today filed an amicus brief in federal district court asking that the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) be found unconstitutional because it impinges on protected speech and stifles technological innovation. The case arises from the criminal prosecution of Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov and Elcomsoft, the...

Electronic Frontier Foundation Opposes Digital Copyright Law

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today filed an amicus brief in federal district court asking that the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) be found unconstitutional because it impinges on protected speech and stifles technological innovation. The case arises from the criminal prosecution of Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov and Elcomsoft, the...

Professor Pushes for Revised Encryption Regulations

Professor Daniel J. Bernstein today renews his court battle against U.S. government obstructions to Internet security research. Bernstein's court complaint, to be filed today by Rich Winter and Sarah Pace of the Chicago-based firm McBride Baker & Coles, challenges the constitutionality of the government's regulations on cryptography. Internet software uses...

California Court Asserts Jurisdiction Over Non-resident Internet Publisher

On August 7th, the California Sixth Appellate District issued an opinion denying Matthew Pavlovich's motion to dismiss the case against him for lack of personal jurisdiction over him. Pavlovich, who was a college student in Indiana and now lives in Texas, claims postings made to the LiVID mailing list, which...

Electronic Frontier Foundation Welcomes Sklyarov Counsel

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today welcomed the announcement of Joseph M. Burton as defense attorney for jailed Russian computer scientist Dmitry Sklyarov. Burton has represented Sklyarov since July 20. Sklyarov was arrested July 16 on charges of distributing software that circumvents copyright protections, in violation of provisions of the...

Court Rules That Internet Re-Posting Is Protected Speech

Electronic Frontier Foundation Media Release Oakland, CA - In a trail-blazing 27-page order, Alameda Superior Court Judge James A. Richman dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed against a breast implant awareness activist, finding that it was a meritless SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation). The court held that a 1996 federal...

Letter to US Atty. Mueller

Ross Anderson, FIEE, FIMA Reader Security Engineering University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory Robert S. Mueller, III United States Attorney 450 Golden Gate Avenue, Box 36055 San Franscisco, Ca 94102 Fax: (415) 436-7234 July 26, 2001 Dear Mr Mueller, The Sklyarov case I lead the security group at Cambridge University. We...

Adobe, Electronic Frontier Foundation Call for Release

Contacts for EFF: Will Doherty, EFF Online Activist / Media Relations, wild@eff.org, +1 415-436-9333 x111 Robin Gross, EFF Staff Attorney - Intellectual Property, robin@eff.org, +1 415-436-9333 x112 Contact for Adobe: Holly Campbell, Senior Corporate Public Relations Manager, campbell@adobe.com, +1 408-536-6401 San Jose, Calif. - Adobe Systems Incorporated...

Association of American Publishers Statement in Support of Sklyarov Prosecution

Publishers Hail Government Action Against Russian Ebook Hackers Washington, DC: The nation's largest association of book and journal publishers today hailed the actions of the U.S. Department of Justice in arresting and charging a Russian cryptographer for trafficking in software that was primarily designed to "hack" technological safeguards that prevent...

Free Speech Advocates Seek to Protect Anonymous Speech on Internet

For Immediate Release Contact: Cindy Cohn Director of Legal Services Electronic Frontier Foundation (415)436-9333 x 108 Doug Honig ACLU (206)624-2184 Seattle- In a case involving free speech and privacy rights online, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today asked a federal court in Washington...

Big Prime Nets Big Prize

Contact: Katina Bishop - Electronic Frontier Foundation (415) 436-9333 ex. 101 San Francisco, CA -- The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has announced that it has awarded the first of four Cooperative Computing Awards on April 6th at the Computers, Freedom and Privacy conference in Toronto, Canada. (see http://www.cfp.org). The $50,000...

EFF's Statement on the Ninth Circuit's Decision to Rehear the Bernstein Case

On September 30, 1999, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals announced that it is granting the government's request to rehear the case Bernstein v. U.S. Department of Justice en banc. The case had been previously decided in Professor Bernstein's favor by a three-judge panel of the court. By granting the...

US Export Control Laws on Encryption Ruled Unconstitutional

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the federal government's restrictions on encryption are unconstitutional, affirming a lower court's ruling that export control over cryptographic "software and related devices and technology are in violation of the First Amendment on the grounds of prior restraint." "The Court understood the...

Department of Justice Statement on Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Decision in Encryption Case

On May 6, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco issued a decision in a case involving government controls on encryption exports. The Department of Commerce and the Department of Justice are currently reviewing the Ninth Circuit's decision in Daniel...

Statement of Rep. Anna Eshoo on Bernstein vs. the Justice Department Ruling

"I'm pleased the federal appeals court has affirmed Federal District Court Judge Marilyn Patel's original decision that in the name of national defense, the U.S. government should not restrict the very liberties it is supposed to be defending. This decision demonstrates the judicial branch's understanding of the encryption debate. Now...

Crypto Export Restrictions Are Unconstitutional

The Federal District Court here struck down Commerce Department export restrictions on the privacy technology called encryption yesterday, concluding that "the encryption regulations are an unconstitutional prior restraint in violation of the First Amendment." For the first time, Judge Marilyn Hall Patel ordered the government not to prosecute or harass...

Justice Department Still Reviewing District Court Decision on Export Controls on Encryption Software

The Justice Department said today it is considering what further legal measures it will take following yesterday's ruling by the U.S. District Court in San Francisco that certain aspects of the government's regulations on the export of encryption software are unconstitutional. Another federal court upheld the export controls on encryption...

Professor Asks for Constitutional Review of New Encryption Regs

Electronic Frontier Foundation Contacts: Shari Steele, Staff Attorney +1 301 375 8856, ssteele@eff.org John Gilmore, Founding Board Member +1 415 221 6524, gnu@toad.com Cindy Cohn, McGlashan & Sarrail +1 415 341 2585, cindy@mcglashan.com San Francisco - Laywers for Professor Dan Bernstein today asked the Government to delay enforcement of new...

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