Betamax

The Supreme Court's ruling in Sony v. Universal Studios (aka the Betamax case) is a landmark copyright precedent that has sheltered a wide array of technology innovators from lawsuits at the hands of the entertainment industries. In 1984 the Court held that a company -- in this instance a VCR manufacturer -- was not liable for creating a technology that some customers may use for copyright infringing purposes so long as the technology is capable of substantial non-infringing uses. In other words where a technology has many uses the public cannot be denied the lawful uses just because some (or many or most) may use the product to infringe copyrights.

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NSA Spying

EFF is leading the fight against the NSA's illegal mass surveillance program. Learn more about what the program is, how it works, and what you can do.

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With "automated speech recognition, the NSA has entered the era of bulk listening," reports @the_intercept. https://eff.org/r.1o6b

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Canada poised to pass anti-terror legislation despite widespread outrage: https://eff.org/r.8dsy

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France's National Assembly votes on a sweeping surveillance bill. Will they stand for freedom or for fear? https://eff.org/r.ea0y

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