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PERFORM Act = DRM Mandate

Hey, RIAA, satellite radio and webcasters already pay you licensing fees. Leave their engineers alone. Much of the coverage of the PERFORM Act, S. 256, recently reintroduced by Senator Feinstein (D - Calif.), seems to treat the issue as a tussle between XM and the RIAA over royalties. More...

Line Noise at CES

EFF's audio segment, Line Noise, returns with a visit to the Consumer Electronics Show. Activist Derek Slater takes a look at the latest gadgets, with an eye to how the market has been affected by the shifting sands of copyright law. As ever, you can hear this episode directly...

Take Action: Defend Your Right to Record Off the Radio!

The new Congress has barely begun, but the major record labels are already up to their old tricks. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has re-introduced the PERFORM Act, a backdoor assault on your right to record off the radio. Satellite and digital radio stations as well as Internet webcasters would have to...

Another Step Towards Cable Set-Top Competition

Way back in 1996, Congress directed the FCC to foster useful, competitive alternatives to cable providers' proprietary set-top boxes. As we saw at CES, several alternatives that rely on CableCARD technology are finally coming to market, and now the FCC has taken another step towards putting them on a...

Felten: Next Gen DVD DRM Will Be Broken Wide Open

HD-DVD and Blu Ray discs haven't been on the market for long, but a tool called BackupHDDVD is already available to help users evade the discs' DRM. Is this tool the end of the AACS encryption scheme, or will the movie studios be able to repair the hole? Computer security...

Oppose Surveillance Cameras in San Francisco

On Wednesday, January 17, the San Francisco Police Commission will meet to vote on the installation of 8 additional public surveillance cameras in the city. If you live there, it's critical that you take action now to stop this ineffective, expensive, and privacy-invasive initiative. Studies have shown that surveillance...

CES 2007: The (Hopefully) Eternal Analog Hole

If you want to liberate your media from its DRM chains without circumventing them, you are increasingly dependent on the analog hole (all your digital outputs are belong to Hollywood, right?). We've already talked up the Neuros MPEG4 Recorder on this blog, and at CES we found a similar...

CES 2007: DRM, Device "Integration," HD Cable on the PC

Michael Gartenberg sums up one theme of CES nicely: "A few years ago, it was all about convergence, the merging of all functionality into a single device. This year, it's all about how to integrate the diversity of devices that consumers are using into a whole that allows for...

Back Off, Eli Lilly

On January 4, a federal judge issued an injunction prohibiting the whole world from posting links to important documents about Eli Lilly's drug, Zyprexa, on a public wiki. On January 8, EFF was in court on behalf of one of the wiki's contributors. Here's the story in a nutshell. ...

CES 2007: What Disney Said!

This evening at CES 2007, Disney's CEO Bob Iger delivered a keynote jam-packed with multimedia glitz. But here's the line that got the spontaneous audience applause: "The best way to combat piracy is to bring content to market on a well-timed, well-priced basis." In fact, he didn't say a...

CES 2007: What Gary Said

We're here in Las Vegas at CES 2007, reporting on the fair use technologies that are either in danger, or nonexistent, thanks to legal threats from Hollywood and the major record labels. So it was great to hear CEA chief Gary Shapiro say, during his morning keynote opening...

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