Electronic Frontier Foundation Announces New Patent Busting Campaign

San Francisco, CA - In light of growing concerns about illegitimate software and Internet patents, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today announced a new initiative to combat the chilling effects bad patents have on public and consumer interests. "Patents traditionally only targeted large commercial companies," said EFF Staff Attorney Jason...

Electronic Frontier Foundation Files Comments on FBI Plan

Washington, D.C. - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission opposing an FBI proposal that would extend a decade-old telephone surveillance law to the Internet. The Communication Assistance for Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (CALEA) forced telecommunications carriers like your phone company to build...

Orlando Court Orders Record Companies to File 25 Separate Lawsuits Against Accused Filesharers

The Federal District Court in the Middle District of Florida today denied the motion of sixteen record companies to force the Internet Service Provider Bright House to provide the identities of 25 individuals accused of copyright infringement using the FastTrack peer-to-peer network. The Court decided that the record companies had...

FCC Faces Suit on Regulation of Digital Broadcast Television

Washington, D.C. - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) joined five library associations, Public Knowledge, the Consumer Federation of America, and the Consumers Union in suing the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last week to block overbroad regulation of next-generation televisions and related devices. "The FCC's digital broadcast television mandate is a...

European Parliament Adopts Controversial IP Enforcement Directive

The European Parliament today voted to adopt an overbroad Directive on Intellectual Property Enforcement that gives rightsholders powerful new enforcement tools to use against intellectual property infringers. EFF opposed the proposed Directive because it did not distinguish between unintentional, non-commercial infringement by consumers and for-profit criminal counterfeiting enterprises. "Under this...

Case Update: Pennsylvania Court Orders Record Industry to File 203 Separate Lawsuits

Here is a brief update on some of the cases in which Public Citizen, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the American Civil Liberties Union and its local affiliates have filed amicus briefs arguing that persons accused of file sharing should be accorded minimal due process rights before subpoenas are authorized to...

European Parliament Considers Warped Intellectual Property Directive

San Francisco, CA - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today asked concerned Europeans to contact Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) prior to a March 8 vote on a controversial proposed directive on Intellectual Property Enforcement. EFF is asking Europeans to seek an amendment that would limit application of the...

Federal Judge Rules That Part of the USA PATRIOT Act Is Unconstitutional

The Federal District Court for the Central District of California today released a ruling declaring unconstitutional a provision of the USA PATRIOT Act that made it a crime to advise or assist an organization designated as 'terrorist' by the U.S. government, even when that support is solely intended to promote...

Music Industry Must Respect Privacy of Accused Music Sharers

Saint Louis, Missouri - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and 21 other consumer and privacy groups today sided with Charter Communications, Inc., in its struggle to protect customer privacy. The groups urged a federal court to prevent the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) from forcing Internet Service Provider Charter...

Recording Industry Announces Lawsuits Against Music Sharers

San Francisco - Continuing a crusade against its own customers, the recording industry today announced lawsuits against more than five hundred individuals accused of illegal filesharing. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced it would seek the identity of "John Does" known by the addresses of the computers they...

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...

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