EFF in the News
As the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) points out, SOPA for instance, contains a provision that would allow the government to target sites that are seen as providing advice or help on how to circumvent the law. Such an anti-circumvention provision would amount to unconstitutional prior restraint and would apply to U.S. sites as well.
Cohn explained that this is what the EFF refers to as the “weakest link” problem, where Internet users rely on third parties such as Twitter, Apple, Amazon, Facebook and others to interact and publish online. This creates choke points, where individuals — including Members of Congress — can easily go to shut off access for those Internet users. “I don’t think it takes a sophisticated analysis to recognize that there’s going to be more pressure from a Member of Congress than from a member of the public,” she said.
“I have excellent team of lawyers from the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) and ACLU representing me pro-bono,” Jonsdottir said. “I couldn’t have been represented by a greater team of experts.”
Trevor Timm, an activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said Monday that the Obama administration drew "an important line in the sand" by stating that it will not support legislation "that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet".
Lawyers from the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Boston’s Fish & Richardson say they will seek sanctions against a maker of astrology software that sued two computer scientists for copyright infringement.
For what you can do:
- General stuff via craigslist
- Good advice from the Electronic Frontier Foundation
- The reddit/PCCC petition
... and please think about how you, as part of the Internet, can contribute to the common good, and think about how that can become part of what you do every day. Thanks!
The Electronic Frontier Foundation also filed an amicus brief, calling Righthaven's lawsuits "a 'scorched earth' campaign of mass copyright infringement suits" to tap into a "gold mine" of settlement money.
But according to Trevor Timm of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, even with the removal of those provisions, there remains a number of others that should be removed including the “vigilante provision,” which permits ISPs to block sites voluntarily, and the “anti-circumvention provision,” which punishes sites which give users information for how to access blocked sites.
"Both bills still contain fundamental flaws that threaten freedom of speech and the future of the Internet. We've written before, for example, about the threats to the human rights community, to students, to software development, and to the economy," the EFF said. "These threats remain. What is worse (and we can't say this enough), is that this legislation, if made law, will do little to stop online infringement. These bills cannot be fixed—they must be killed."
Attempts by a copyright troll to overturn two "fair use" decisions against it were opposed in federal appeals court Friday by such prominent voices as the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Google, Public Knowledge, and the Digital Media Law Project at Harvard University.