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Johansen Acquittal Final

The Norwegian authorities have decided not to appeal the aquittal of Jon Johansen to the Norwegian Supreme Court. Johansen was prosecuted for his role in the creation of DeCSS software that decrypts DVDs so that they can be played on computers running the Linux operating system. "The prosecution of Johansen...

EFF Helps Win Ninth Circuit Appeal, Right to Use English Language, for eVisa.com

Evisa.com today won its appeal at the Ninth Circuit over whether its domain name diluted Visa's trademark for credit cards, keeping the word "visa" in the dictionary (and DNS servers) for now. "Visa is a generic word used throughout the world to describe foreign travel and was used long...

Court Rules Verizon Can Refuse to ID Customers to Music Industry

In a victory for Verizon and the privacy of Internet users, the D.C. Circuit Court today dismissed the recording industry's subpoenas for user identities. (PDF opinion) The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has filed nearly 3,000 subpoenas in Washington, D.C., as a prelude to lawsuits against 382 alleged...

Secretary of State Shelley Announces Electronic Voting Machine Requirement

Sacramento, CA - Responding to a raft of reports detailing flaws in electronic voting systems, California Secretary of State Kevin Shelley today announced that he is requiring all electronic voting systems purchased by California counties to provide a paper printout to allow voters to verify their votes and auditors to...

EFF on Chamberlain v. Skylink DMCA Garage Door Opener Case

The Northern District of Illinois District Court today ruled that the universal garage door clicker sold by Skylink Technologies that interoperates with Chamberlain Group garage door openers does not violate the DMCA "We're pleased the court recognized consumers' reasonable expectation that they can replace lost or damaged remote controls...

Electronic Frontier Foundation and Stanford Law Clinic Sue Electronic Voting Company

PRESS CONFERENCE - LOCATION CHANGE! Since the court system assigned us a judge in San Jose, rather than San Francisco, the location of the press conference in the OPG v. Diebold case has changed to the location listed below. EFF invites media professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area to...

Librarian of Congress Fails Public Interest in Copyright Regulation

Washington, DC - The Librarian of Congress today continued to disregard consumers' rights and denied exemptions to copyright law related to consumers' use of CDs and DVDs that they legally purchase. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) had urged the Register of Copyrights and the Librarian of Congress to grant exemptions...

More RIAA Lawsuits

The recording industry has started the second round of its campaign against American music fans by sending letters threatening them with lawsuits and offering to discuss settlement. "The record companies still aren't listening to their fans instead of continuing their litigation crusade, the labels should give their customers the option...

ISP Rejects Diebold Copyright Claims Against News Website

San Francisco - Defending the right to link to controversial information about flaws in electronic voting systems, EFF announced today it will defend an Internet Service Provider (ISP) and a news website publisher against claims of indirect copyright infringement from the electronic voting machines' manufacturer. On October 10, 2003, electronic...

SunnComm Backs Down

CD copy-protection vendor SunnComm Technologies has said that it will not sue J. Alex Halderman under the DMCA for publishing a paper that disclosed weaknesses in the company's latest MediaMax protection technology. The final concession comes after a week of off-again, on-again threats against the Princeton computer science...

EFF Supports the Benjamin Franklin True Patriot Act

EFF applauds the introduction last week of legislation that would repeal USA PATRIOT Act provisions that threaten citizens' privacy rights. The Benjamin Franklin True Patriot Act (HR 3171), introduced by Congressman Dennis Kucinich along with 20 Congressional cosponsors, would repeal more than ten sections of USA PATRIOT, including those authorizing...

Flawed E-Voting Standard Sent Back to Drawing Board

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today applauded a technical working group for heeding critics who called for rejection of a flawed electronic voting standard proposal that failed to require adequate security measures. The working group of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) drafted the...

Recording Industry Withdraws Music Sharing Lawsuit

San Francisco - Seven major record labels dismissed charges of copyright infringement leveled at a 65-year-old educator, artist, and grandmother from Massachusetts late last week. Sarah Ward was one of 261 individuals sued by the recording industry for allegedly sharing copyrighted music using peer-to-peer (P2P) filesharing systems. What was the...

Recording Industry Announces Lawsuits Against Music Sharers

San Francisco - The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) today filed 261 lawsuits against people who allegedly shared copyrighted music online. The RIAA announced plans to sue more file-sharers and introduced an "amnesty" program available only to file-sharers who the RIAA has not yet identified or sued. The lawsuits...

Congress Plans Hearings on Recording Industry Tactics

San Francisco - Ninety-five organizations, ranging across the political spectrum, today sent letters to the chairs of the Senate Commerce and Judiciary Committees and the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations to thank them for planning hearings on the subpoena provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The organizations expressed their...

Federal Court Spurns Recording Industry Enforcement Tactics

Boston, MA - A Massachusetts district court today dealt the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) a serious setback by rejecting its Washington, D.C., subpoenas for the identities of Massachusetts students. For the moment, MIT and Boston College need not respond to the RIAA demands. "Today's ruling requires the recording...

Pacific Bell Sues Recording Industry for Customer Privacy

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation today applauded a lawsuit brought by Pacific Bell Internet Services against three organizations that are manipulating copyright laws to violate the privacy of ISP customers. The case concerns 97 subpoenas directed to Pacific Bell over the past two weeks. The Recording Industry Association...

File Sharers: See If the Recording Industry Is After You

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today offered important resources to those wondering whether the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has filed a subpoena seeking their identities in connection with a crackdown on music file-sharing. EFF is assisting Internet users by offering a mechanism for people to...

EFF on FCC's Order Regarding Implementation of Children's Internet Protection Act

The Federal Communications Commission today adopted measures to ensure that implementation of the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), a law mandating the use of Internet blocking software in public libraries, complies with the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding that law. "The FCC failed to take this opportunity to...

Security Researchers Discover Huge Flaws in E-Voting System

San Francisco - In response to today's release of research about critical security flaws in e-voting systems, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) urged immediate passage of e-voting legislation to prevent election fraud. Security researchers at Johns Hopkins University and Rice University announced today that they have discovered numerous serious security...

Electronic Frontier Foundation Issues E-Voting Alert

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation issued an action alert this week warning that electronic voting machines installed without a verifiable paper audit trail and open source software programming are vulnerable to election fraud. "Touchscreen voting machines can increase accessibility for people with disabilities, reduce the cost of printing...

Electronic Frontier Foundation Defends Printer Cartridge Co.

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today asked a federal appeals court to rule that a company can examine a competitor's technology in order to manufacture printer toner cartridges compatible with Lexmark printers without facing a copyright lawsuit. Printer maker Lexmark had sued, claiming that cartridge remanufacturer Static...

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