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Bush Signs Intellectual Property Enforcement Bill

On Monday, President Bushed signed a controversial intellectual property enforcement bill into law. This set of proposals for heightened intellectual property enforcement first appeared at the end of 2007 in the House's original PRO IP Act. The winding history of the bill not only sheds light on the agenda of...

EFF Attorneys Kevin Bankston and Marcia Hofmann Speak on FOIA and Surveillance

On Saturday, October 18, EFF Attorneys Kevin Bankston and Marcia Hofmann join attorney Jon Eisenberg and CNET's Declan McCullagh for a panel "on Post 9/11 Secrecy in Government Intelligence and Law Enforcement" at the California First Amendment Coalition's (CFAC) Free Speech and Open Government Assembly. From the panel description: "The...

EFF Challenges Constitutionality of Telecom Immunity in Federal Court

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Thursday challenged the constitutionality of a law aimed at granting retroactive immunity to telecommunications companies that participated in the president's illegal domestic wiretapping program.
In a brief filed in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, EFF argues that the flawed...

Do You Need An Exemption from the DMCA?

Every three years, the U.S. Copyright Office undertakes a rule-making to consider whether the DMCA's ban on circumventing technological protection measures (e.g., DRM and other "access control" restrictions) is interfering with noninfringing uses of copyrighted materials. The Copyright Office has announced that those interested in requesting...

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YouTube Responds to McCain Campaign's Letter

Yesterday, we wrote about the McCain-Palin campaign's letter to YouTube, highlighting how DMCA takedown notices can make online speech disappear from the Internet, even when the claims of infringement plainly lack any merit.
Today, we bring you YouTube's response. YouTube's response points out, much like we did yesterday,...

McCain Campaign Feels DMCA Sting

Yesterday, the McCain-Palin campaign sent a letter to YouTube describing the troubles it has been having with bogus DMCA takedowns targeting its videos:
[O]verreaching copyright claims have resulted in the removal of non-infringing campaign videos from YouTube, thus silencing political speech. Numerous times...

Why Hollywood Hates RealDVD

Why does Hollywood hate RealDVD so much? Here's a hint: it has nothing to do with piracy and everything to do with controlling innovation.
Earlier this week, a district court in San Francisco extended the temporary restraining order (TRO) blocking RealNetworks' distribution of its RealDVD software, at...

Government Painfully Fuzzy on the Effects of Infringement

Last week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce urged President Bush to sign the PRO-IP Act, claiming that "counterfeiting and piracy of [intellectual property] is a growing problem that costs U.S. businesses nearly $250 billion in revenue each year [and] has already caused the loss of an estimated 750,000 American jobs..."...

EFF Challenges Bogus Patent on Internet Music Files

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is challenging a bogus patent on Internet music files that could stifle new innovations in online music distribution.
Seer Systems was awarded this illegitimate patent for a system and method for joining different musical data types together in a file, distributing...


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