EFF in the News
The notice of dismissal came after EFF and Public Citizen argued that Mick Haig (Productions) should not be allowed to send subpoenas for the Does' identifying information, because it had sued hundreds of people in one case, in the wrong jurisdiction and without meeting the constitutional standard for obtaining identifying information.
"Copyright owners have a right to protect their works, but they can't use shoddy and unfair tactics to do so," said EFF Intellectual Property Director Corynne McSherry. "When adult film companies launch these cases, there is the added pressure of embarrassment associated with pornography, which can convince those ensnared in the suits to quickly pay what's demanded of them, whether or not they have legitimate defenses. That's why it's so important to make sure the process is fair."
You can read the movie producer's whiny surrender notice here
PlayStation LifeStyle talked to Corynne McSherry, Intellectual Property Director at the EFF about the ramifications of the Sony lawsuit, the possible precedents it could set on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the dangers of a lawsuit based upon easy-to-change terms of service.
"Our hope is that it sheds a little light on the nature and scope of the FBI's intelligence violations since 9/11. The documents we reviewed give the public the clearest look at the violations the FBI has committed and should give everyone pause," said Mark Rumold, a fellow at EFF who works on the FLAG project (FOIA Litigation for Accountable Government).
The Electronic Frontier Foundation estimates 75,000 people are being sued for downloading porn through peer-to-peer networks. In response to this, the EFF submitted documents to “protect the rights of each and every defendant” by attempting to quash the subpoenas, calling out the predatory nature of the ”copyright trolls who game the system”.
Kevin Bankston, senior staff attorney for digital-rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation, says Facebook is not invading privacy but is violating the trust of users. "There should be an opt-out option," he says.
The FBI disclosed to a presidential board that it was involved in nearly 800 violations of laws, regulations or policies governing national security investigations from 2001 to 2008, but the government won't provide details or say whether anyone was disciplined, according to a report by a privacy watchdog group.
The San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation sued under the Freedom of Information Act to obtain about 2,500 documents that the FBI submitted to the President's Intelligence Oversight Board.
A new report from the Electronic Frontier Foundation analyzes more than 2,500 pages' worth of FBI documents extracted using Freedom of Information Act litigation and finds disturbing, system-wide violations of civil liberties on a scale that is far beyond anything reported to date:
If you missed Susan Freiwald and Kevin Bankston discussing ECPA at CIS on January 24th, you can see it on YouTube, complete with Ryan Calo introducing them.
Eva Galperin, international activist with the San Francisco digital rights organization Electronic Frontier Foundation, said the situation shows what can happen if laws are enacted to "put the power to shut down a portion of the Internet in the hands of a single person, whether it's the president of Egypt or the president of the United States."
About two dozen groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, the American Library Association, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Center for Democracy & Technology, were skeptical enough to file an open letter opposing the idea. They are concerned that the measure, if it became law, might be used to censor the internet.