EFF in the News
The key Righthaven case, in which the details of the strategic agreement between Righthaven and Stephens Media were finally released, was Righthaven's lawsuit against the Democratic Underground. DU, with help from lawyers at the EFF and Fenwick and West, countersued Stephens Media, arguing that it, not Righthaven, was really behind the lawsuits.
However, the anti-SOPA and anti-PIPA movement gathered tremendous support, and that support may not be enough. Electronic Frontier Foundation, cornerstone of Internet freedom, DemandProgress, American Censorship and the White House in the form of U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden are attacking this law from all sides.
The EFF is taking a look at some websites that may face serious legal questions and liability should SOPA become law, specifically looking at Etsy, Flickr and Vimeo.
Opposing the bills are Google, Yahoo, eBay, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Consumer Electronics Association and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. (Yahoo left the U.S. Chamber of Commerce last month, and Google and the Consumer Electronics Association are reportedly considering leaving.)
We also checked with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which had tweeted a link to the story. "One of the problems is that the streaming provisions are vague enough that it's very hard to be certain what kinds of streaming would be protected," EFF Intellectual Property Director Corynne McSherry told Ars. "And the current language includes noncommercial activity—so one obvious limit disappears, even though proponents of the bill insist they are only interested in 'high-tech bandits.'"
The Electronic Frontier Foundation calls the proposal "the most extreme, anti-Internet, anti-privacy, anti-free speech copyright proposal in U.S. legislative history."
"There are myriad reasons why individuals may wish to use a name other than the one they were born with," Jillian York wrote on the Electronic Frontier Foundation's blog in July.
The groups—the Competitive Enterprise Institute, TechFreedom, Public Knowledge, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation—argued that it's not clear how the measure will "affect the due process and free speech rights of law-abiding Internet users around the world, user security, and the ability of entrpreneurs to create new products and invent new industries."