EFF in the News
But as the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Jillian York point out the problems for activists have not ended there. “Restrictions from the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) still appear to prevent communications tools and services from being exported to Syrians without a license,” she writes. “We think that because of these restrictions, Syrians still cannot access Google products Chrome and Earth, cannot download Java, among various other tools, and cannot use hosting services like Rackspace, SuperGreenHosting and others.”
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) wants to change that: it has petitioned the US Copyright Office to make jailbreaking and rooting universally acceptable under law.
Until two years ago, when the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) won a DMCA exemption, it was technically illegal to "jailbreak" a smartphone like Apple's iPhone. The result of the 2009 exemption, the EFF argues, has been market innovation, as Apple has adopted features introduced first on jailbroken iPhone
The exemptions would dispel “any legal clouds” that may prevent users from running applications and operating systems not approved by the manufacturer, according to the EFF.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has asked the U.S. Copyright Office to exempt tablet and video game console jailbreaking from Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) provisions and asked vendors to stop opposing the practice.
To find out, I called Eva Galperin, a privacy activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Generally speaking, I'm a fan of EFF because they're doing important work safeguarding the digital rights of consumers against business and government.
Groups including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Electronic Frontier Foundation condemned the intentional service interruption this August, which in turn triggered a new round of protests.
“The DMCA is supposed to block copyright infringement. But instead it can be misused to threaten creators, innovators, and consumers, discouraging them from making full and fair use of their own property,” EFF Intellectual Property Director Corynne McSherry said.
It’s time for the rest of the tech industry to shake in their collective boots, because the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the group that was at the forefront of getting the government to expand the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, is at it again, filing exemptions with the Copyright Office to let you modify pretty much every piece of hardware or electronic media you own.