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EFF on Digital Networks' decision to disable ReplayTV's features

EFF is disappointed with Digital Networks North America's decision to disable the Commercial Advance and Send Show features in new model 5500 ReplayTVs. "This is yet another example of Hollywood dictating what technologies consumers can and can't use" said EFF Attorney Gwen Hinze. "Consumers are the real losers from Digital...

EFF Statement on Court Order Requiring Verizon to Identify Users Pending Further Rulings

"RIAA's claim that it has an emergency need to violate the privacy of the two Verizon users is weak, especially since one of those users has already filed a declaration stating that he has disabled KaZaA entirely," said EFF Legal Director Cindy Cohn. "Once again, RIAA has shown that it...

Electronic Frontier Foundation Supports Unlicensed Spectrum

Electronic Frontier Foundation Media Release San Francisco, CA - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today supported a spectrum policy proposal from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and asked the FCC to acknowledge its First Amendment obligation to allocate additional spectrum for unlicensed use. Unlicensed use of spectrum would permit the...

Patriot II

"We're still reeling from the original USA-Patriot Act's impact on civil liberties and now the government wants more," said Cindy Cohn, EFF's Legal Director. "Where is the evidence that the law passed less than two years ago is insufficient? When will Congress draw the line and say 'this much of...

Hollywood Loses Bid to Limit Representation in ReplayTV Case

A federal court today affirmed the right of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) to represent ReplayTV owners in their lawsuit against 28 motion picture and television industry companies. Craig Newmark of craigslist.org and four other ReplayTV customers are suing the entertainment companies to clarify their rights to record television programs...

Hollywood Slams Electronic Frontier Foundation - Tries to Limit Legal Representation in ReplayTV Case

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) attorneys yesterday rejected an attempt by Hollywood entertainment companies to prevent access to critical court documents in a case involving the rights of five ReplayTV owners. Craig Newmark of craigslist.org, and four other ReplayTV customers, are suing the companies to clarify their rights to record television...

Judge Grants Consumer Voice in ReplayTV Lawsuit - Hollywood Tries to Skip Over Consumers' Concerns

Los Angeles - Judge Florence Cooper today granted five ReplayTV owners a voice in the court debate over their rights to record television programs and to skip commercials using digital video recorders (DVRs). The federal court denied the entertainment industry motion to dismiss the ReplayTV owners' lawsuit and agreed to...

Blizzard Freezes Bnetd Gaming Platform, Sues Own Customers

St. Louis - Game maker Blizzard Entertainment, along withits parent company Vivendi Universal Games, late Friday sued a small Internet Service Provider and its owner for distributing free software that emulates Blizzard's free Battle.net gaming service. The lawsuit claims that the creation and offering of the "bnetd" free software...

Media Conglomerate Threatens Suit Against Gamer Community

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today chided media conglomerate Vivendi Universal Publishing for threatening gamers who created their own multiplayer gaming community. On behalf of its Blizzard Entertainment division, Vivendi sent a "cease and desist" letter to Internet Gateway Inc., the Internet Service Provider (ISP) host of...

Electronic Frontier Foundation Opposes Digital Copyright Law

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today filed an amicus brief in federal district court asking that the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) be found unconstitutional because it impinges on protected speech and stifles technological innovation. The case arises from the criminal prosecution of Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov and Elcomsoft, the...

Electronic Frontier Foundation Opposes Digital Copyright Law

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today filed an amicus brief in federal district court asking that the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) be found unconstitutional because it impinges on protected speech and stifles technological innovation. The case arises from the criminal prosecution of Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov and Elcomsoft, the...

Professor Pushes for Revised Encryption Regulations

Professor Daniel J. Bernstein today renews his court battle against U.S. government obstructions to Internet security research. Bernstein's court complaint, to be filed today by Rich Winter and Sarah Pace of the Chicago-based firm McBride Baker & Coles, challenges the constitutionality of the government's regulations on cryptography. Internet software uses...

California Court Asserts Jurisdiction Over Non-resident Internet Publisher

On August 7th, the California Sixth Appellate District issued an opinion denying Matthew Pavlovich's motion to dismiss the case against him for lack of personal jurisdiction over him. Pavlovich, who was a college student in Indiana and now lives in Texas, claims postings made to the LiVID mailing list, which...

Electronic Frontier Foundation Welcomes Sklyarov Counsel

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today welcomed the announcement of Joseph M. Burton as defense attorney for jailed Russian computer scientist Dmitry Sklyarov. Burton has represented Sklyarov since July 20. Sklyarov was arrested July 16 on charges of distributing software that circumvents copyright protections, in violation of provisions of the...

Court Rules That Internet Re-Posting Is Protected Speech

Electronic Frontier Foundation Media Release Oakland, CA - In a trail-blazing 27-page order, Alameda Superior Court Judge James A. Richman dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed against a breast implant awareness activist, finding that it was a meritless SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation). The court held that a 1996 federal...

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