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PATRIOT Debate Resumes, Action Still Needed

After failing to reach a compromise on the final draft of the USA PATRIOT renewal bill, as described previously, Congress headed home for some turkey and put off the debate until after the Thanksgiving holiday. Now everyone's back, and the word through the grapevine is not good. We're hearing...

Beginning of the End for Music DRM

Real Networks today announced the availability of a web-based version of its Rhapsody music service. Finally, there is a listen-on-demand authorized music service with deep major label catalog that Mac and Linux users can use. I expect Napster 2.0 and Yahoo! will feel competitive pressure to migrate to a...

Bloggers Sign up for Safer E-Voting

src="http://www.eff.org/Activism/E-voting/imgz/hr550.png" height="175" width="150" border="0" align="right"> Rep. Rush Holt's href="http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/archives/001739.php">non-partisan e-voting reform bill, href="http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d109:HR00550:@@@C">H.R. 550 continues to gather support and momentum among individual members of Congress. And rightly so: it's a well-considered package of fixes to the vulnerabilities of electronic voting machines, requiring voter-verified paper ballots, manual...

SonyBMG's Secret Recall

Like many, EFF was pleased when SonyBMG announced that it would stop production on its dangerous XCP CDs. Yet announcing a recall seems to be all that SonyBMG intends to do. As holiday purchases kicked off over the past week, the damaging disks are still being sold in...

Blogging WIPO: The New Internet Treaty

The UN's World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has just finished another round of deliberations on a new treaty. Although the draft treaty is nominally about Broadcasters' rights, most of the discussion focused on proposals to create new rights over Internet transmissions: the US's proposal to extend the treaty...

All Quiet on the PATRIOT Front

Last Friday we blogged the news of a revolt in Congress against the latest draft of the PATRIOT renewal bill coming out of the House/Senate conference committee. That draft lacked many of the civil liberties reforms that were in the Senate version, and a bipartisan coalition of concerned senators...

Blogging WIPO: Information Meeting on Educational Content and Copyright in the Digital Age

Today, the World Intellectual Property Organization, the UN's copyright/patent/trademark body, hosted a "Information Meeting on Educational Content and Copyright in the Digital Age" -- a meeting where representatives of libraries, Creative Commons, publishers, and science organizations vied to convince representatives from WIPO's 182 member national governments about the need for...

Revolt in Congress Against PATRIOT "Compromise"

Earlier this week, when the legislative conference tasked with reconciling the House and Senate versions of the PATRIOT renewal bill started circulating drafts of its so-called "compromise", a vote seemed certain by the end of the week. But the civil liberties community recognized the conference report for what it...

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