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EFF’s Tweet About an Overzealous DMCA Takedown Is Now Subject to an Overzealous Takedown | Electronic Frontier Foundation
(1) a TV show leaks. (2) TorrentFreak writes about it leaking [takedown] (3) TorrentFreak writes about the takedown [takedown] (4) EFF writes about the situation [takedown]. You can't just order copyright-based takedowns of anything you don't like... Oh right - you can.
law  ip-law  DMCA  copyright  copyrightabuse  eff  via:HackerNews 
april 2019 by mcherm
Stupid Patent Of The Month: Veripath Patents Following Privacy Laws | Techdirt
They have a US patent on offering features to customers who agree to share data. There are laws specifically requiring that kind of behavior.
law  privacy  patent  patentabuse  ip-law  techdirt  via:Techdirt  eff 
march 2019 by mcherm
Conventions - This American Life
The story of when the Grateful Dead lyricist and future EFF founder fell in love.
ThisAmericanLife  eff  story  via:HackerNews 
february 2018 by mcherm
The Catalog of Missing Devices | Electronic Frontier Foundation
The DMCA prevents bypassing copyright security. This cleverly shows a whole catalog of ads for products that COULD exist if it weren't for this law. Helps tackle the problem that lack of innovation is normally an invisible harm.
via:boingboing  DMCA  invention  CoryDoctorow  eff 
february 2018 by mcherm
A battle rages for the future of the Web | Ars Technica UK
EFF pushed W3C saying "if you MUST standardize DRM, at least require that security researchers still be allowed to do research". Corporations in W3C push back.
w3c  drm  copyright  law  ip-law  security  internet  eff  CoryDoctorow  via:boingboing 
february 2017 by mcherm
Stupid Design Patent Of The Month: Rectangles On A Screen
Design patents are generally a stupid idea (in my opinion) but overbroad design patents are even worse. Three rectangles in a line and a square under them is a patented design.
via:Techdirt  law  ip-law  patent  patentabuse  eff 
october 2016 by mcherm
Once Again, Arguments Supporting Warrantless Surveillance Wither When Exposed to Sunlight | Electronic Frontier Foundation
This is an EXCELLENT illustration of why secret government policy and especially secret legal reasoning is so toxic: the legal justification for surveillance wouldn't fool a 1st year law student but it was secret.
surveillance  law  secrecy  eff  via:reddit 
march 2016 by mcherm
Sneaky Change to the TPP Drastically Extends Criminal Penalties | Electronic Frontier Foundation
During error correction of the supposedly final text of the TPP significant and dangerous extensions to copyright provisions are being snuck in.
eff  TPP  evil  law  via:boingboing 
february 2016 by mcherm
"No Cost" License Plate Readers Are Turning Texas Police into Mobile Debt Collectors and Data Miners | Electronic Frontier Foundation
EFF complains about license plate readers deployed en mass and paid for by charging a 25% surcharge on collecting fines from motorists it locates and by selling the data on everyone's location.
eff  surveillance  via:HackerNews 
january 2016 by mcherm
Crypto is For Everyone—and American History Proves It | Electronic Frontier Foundation
An article by the EFF documenting how the US fou ding fathers made extensive use of cryptography.
via:reddit  eff  cryptography  history 
november 2015 by mcherm
How to Protect Yourself from NSA Attacks on 1024-bit DH | Electronic Frontier Foundation
EFF tells us how to avoid NSA listening now that we realize they've probably broken 1024-bit Diffie-Hellman key exchange for certain commonly used primes. Basically, they said use 2048 bit encryption instead.
eff  security  ssl  nsa  privacy  cryptography 
october 2015 by mcherm
Researchers Could Have Uncovered Volkswagen’s Emissions Cheat If Not Hindered by the DMCA | Electronic Frontier Foundation
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act prevents reverse engineering of automobile exhaust software. People have asked for an exception for this and been denied. Had the exception been granted Volkswagen's cheating might well have been detected.
eff  DMCA  law  via:HackerNews 
september 2015 by mcherm
Why one photographer decided to fight a patent on online contests | Ars Technica
A patent on "photo contests on the web", which is used to sue really small operators who can't afford a court fight. EFF steps in.
law  ip-law  patent  patentabuse  eff  photography  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
february 2015 by mcherm
EFF: DMCA exception requested for people to mod their cars
No one has been prosecuted yet but it's a clear DMCA violation.
wired  eff  law  copyright  ip-law  DMCA  via:reddit 
january 2015 by mcherm
Unsealed Filing Shows DOJ Misled Appeals Court About National Security Letter Gag Orders | Electronic Frontier Foundation
In a case about NSL gag orders the government's lawyer told the court (during rebuttal when it couldn't be challenged) that it didn't gag speech. They took it back later.
law  national_security_letter  censorship  eff 
november 2014 by mcherm
Ed Snowden Taught Me To Smuggle Secrets Past Incredible Danger. Now I Teach You. - The Intercept
Some of the story as told by a person working for the EFF who helped to set up the secure communications channels that Edward Snowden used to communicate his leak.
snowden  eff  encryption  security  privacy 
october 2014 by mcherm
Magical Drug Wins EFF’s Stupid Patent of the Month | Electronic Frontier Foundation
A patent on a "cure for cancer" (some guy's unhinged ramblings). Also a bunch of examples of "do X 'on a computer'" (AFTER the Supreme Court decision clearly blocking that).
eff  via:Techdirt  patent  law  ip-law  patentabuse 
august 2014 by mcherm
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Adam Carolla’s Settlement with the Podcasting Troll | Electronic Frontier Foundation
A particular case of how expensive patent litigation is. He settled after raising half a million dollars for legal defense because it wasn't enough and he wasn't likely to win.
law  patent  ip-law  eff  via:HackerNews 
august 2014 by mcherm
EFF Files Amicus Brief In State Supreme Court Appeal Of Case Threatening Anonymous Speech | Techdirt
VA court says you can file a subpoena (against a CA company) with no evidence except your say-so that something is defamatory and they must reveal the anonymous poster because VA law applies, not federal 1st amendment procedures. EFF disputes.
law  eff  freespeech  anonymity  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
august 2014 by mcherm
TPP Leak Confirms the Worst: US Negotiators Still Trying to Trade Away Internet Freedoms | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Part of the text of the TPP trade agreement that is being negotiated in secret has been leaked, and it's as bad as everyone suspected.
via:reddit  eff  TPP  secrecy 
november 2013 by mcherm
Stop Watching Us: The Video - YouTube
Video to promote the rally I'm considering going to.
eff  surveillance  privacy  politics 
october 2013 by mcherm
Newest YouTube user to fight a takedown is copyright guru Lawrence Lessig | Ars Technica
Lawrence Lessig posted a video which clearly had fair use of a snippet of music. The copyright owner issued a takedown notice and LL is suing them under an almost-never-used DMCA provision for overzealous takedown notices.
eff  copyright  copyrightabuse  censorship  DMCA  LawrenceLessig  via:ArsTechnica  ArsTechnica  law  ip-law  internet 
august 2013 by mcherm
How secure is HTTPS today? How often is it attacked? | Electronic Frontier Foundation
There are several productive ways to attack SSL today and it appears that several of them are in use. Here is some data on the rate at which they are used.
security  ssl  cryptography  internet  via:HackerNews  eff 
june 2013 by mcherm
US Trade Rep orders Canada to comply with the dead-and-buried ACTA treaty, Canada rolls over and wets itself - Boing Boing
Hey, it doesn't really matter if legislatures refuse to endorse a treaty, you can use trade pressure to enforce it anyway!
eff  ACTA  via:boingboing  law 
march 2013 by mcherm
UPDATE: New York Judge Tries to Silence Twitter in Its Ongoing Battle to Protect User Privacy | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Prosecutor seeks info without a warrant. Twitter objects. Judge rules it must release info and twitter appeals. Now judge rules twitter must release the info without waiting for the appeal (and doing so would end the appeal).
law  privacy  eff  twitter 
september 2012 by mcherm
Software patents - what are they good for? | Defend Innovation
My comment on the EFF's software patent campaign explaining why software patents don't achieve the Constitutional goal.
law  patent  ip-law  mypostings  eff 
june 2012 by mcherm
Government Pressures Twitter to Hand Over Keys to Occupy Wall Street Protester's Location Data Without a Warrant | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Don't want to bother getting a search warrant for location data? Just arrest for disorderly conduct, then use subpoenas.
law  privacy  eff  via:twitter 
february 2012 by mcherm
Just the Facts: Lawsuit Against TimeZone Database Deserves Sanctions | Electronic Frontier Foundation
The EFF says that threatening to sue the time zone database over copying data (which is LEGAL), which threat caused the world's standard time zone database to be taken offline, deserves sanctions.
law  slapp  eff  ip-law  copyright  copyrightabuse  via:boingboing 
january 2012 by mcherm
Long Term Privacy with Forward Secrecy | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Intercepted SSL traffic can be decrypted later if the server's private key is ever exposed. There's a way to protect against that and Google just implemented it.
security  google  ssl  https  eff  internet  cryptography  via:boingboing 
december 2011 by mcherm
Tor Nodes Charity
A project to accept donations and use them to run TOR nodes.
tor  eff  security  via:boingboing 
october 2011 by mcherm
The “Graduated Response” Deal: What if Users Had Been At the Table? | Electronic Frontier Foundation
It is a new form of law: corporate-designed law. It shifts the burden of proof to the accused, utilizes adjudicators hand-picked by one side, restricts what legal arguments can be made, and provides no penalty for abuses of the system. See also, the mediation system.
blogworthy  law  ip-law  copyright  eff  via:boingboing 
july 2011 by mcherm
Why We Need An Open Wireless Movement | Electronic Frontier Foundation
EFF says we should have a way to share our wireless. But today we don't.
wireless  security  privacy  internet  eff 
may 2011 by mcherm
EFF to San Francisco Entertainment Commission: Don’t Turn SF into a Police State | Electronic Frontier Foundation
EFF complains about a proposed San Francisco law which would require all public venues to capture video of all patron's faces and make it available to authorities.
eff  privacy  surveillance  rights  via:reddit 
april 2011 by mcherm
Donations pour in for PS3 hacker; Sony court battle continues
Sony sues developer over figuring out how to run his own stuff on his own PS3.
law  eff  rights  sony  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
february 2011 by mcherm
FBI Defends Disruptive Raids on Texas Data Centers | Threat Level | Wired.com
FBI rather ineptly sieze lots of equipment from a hosting facility, destroying several innocent businesses in the process. No official word, but it appears that the source of it all was AT&T saying that someone owed them money.
cloudcomputing  police  eff  fbi 
december 2010 by mcherm
EFF to Verizon: Etisalat Certificate Authority Threatens Web Security | Electronic Frontier Foundation
The problem with centralized trust systems is that they can be subverted by "appropriate authorities". Here, the EFF publically questions whether an arm of the UAE should have a cert capable of signing SSL certificates which is trusted by Verizon which, in turn, is trusted by major browser vendors.
security  verizon  eff  ssl  cryptography  trust  privacy  via:slashdot 
august 2010 by mcherm
HTTPS Everywhere | Electronic Frontier Foundation
This is a great idea: a Firefox extension that automatically uses HTTPS instead of HTTP on a configurable list of sites that allow either. Prevent anyone from spying on you; run the net the way it should have been designed. And it's from the ever-wonderful EFF.
security  eff  cryptography  encryption  firefox  extension  via:boingboing 
june 2010 by mcherm
TOSBack | The Terms-Of-Service Tracker
A tool from the EFF that will monitor terms-and-conditions documents from various companies and inform you if there is a change, also allowing you to view what the changes were. Really cool idea! Registering isn't (yet) on a document-by-document basis.
useful  eff  law  contractlaw 
march 2010 by mcherm
Tracking Browsers Without Cookies Or IP Addresses?
There's almost enough information to track users without cookies, by using user agent strings and the list of installed plugins and fonts.
privacy  eff  via:slashdot  slashdot  browsers 
january 2010 by mcherm
Justice Dept. Asked For News Site's Visitor Lists - Taking Liberties - CBS News
Rules say the Attorney General must personally approve any subpoena for data from a news organization. But without his approval they sent a letter demanding ALL data about EVERYONE who viewed their site during one day, along with a gag order preventing them from talking about it. EFF to the rescue.
censorship  law  journalism  via:reddit  eff 
november 2009 by mcherm
Apple Rejects EFF Updates App, Claims Parody Content Is Objectionable | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Apple store rejects an app that just displays headlines from the EFF. Because apparently one of them one place links to a "bad word" buried in a video.
apple  iphone  censorship  eff  via:boingboing 
june 2009 by mcherm
EFF: Kentucky domain seizures flawed on many levels
A Kentucky court ordered the seizure of domain names of a gambling site (since gambling is illegal in KY). EFF says that violates free speech as well as principles of legal jurisdiction.
eff  law  censorship 
november 2008 by mcherm
Capitol v. Thomas: Judge Orders New Trial, Implores Congress to Lower Statutory Penalties for P2P | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Judge says "attempted infringement" (or just making copies available on p2p software) is NOT against the law. He also says the penalties are too big (but that's up to Congress).
law  ip-law  copyright  p2p  eff  riaa  via:boingboing 
september 2008 by mcherm
Federal judge halts Defcon talk on subway card hacking | The Register
Transit authority gets court order to prevent a talk at a security conference.
security  RFID  eff  hacking  cracking  via:NedBatchelder 
august 2008 by mcherm
Sunlight for ACTA | Electronic Frontier Foundation
The EFF's call to action on the ACTA negotiations.
ACTA  government  copyright  ip-law  eff  todo 
june 2008 by mcherm
B-24 Liberated! | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Lockheed Martin built to B-24 (for the US Govt) and then tried claiming you couldn't build models of it since they owned the copyright. They backed off after the EFF pressed it.
ip-law  copyright  copyrightabuse  via:boingboing  eff 
may 2008 by mcherm
Update: Why is NBC Flagging Digital TV Programs - and Why is Microsoft Obeying It? | Electronic Frontier Foundation
The EFF fought the mandatory broadcast flag and WON. Trouble is, Microsoft's Vista is apparently obeying it anyway.
via:boingboing  tv  vista  Microsoft  freedom  copyright  ip-law  law  eff 
may 2008 by mcherm
Protecting Yourself From Suspicionless Searches While Traveling | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Advice from the EFF on what you can legally do if you don't want your laptop searched at the border.
rights  civilrights  eff  surveillance  travel  security  privacy  law 
may 2008 by mcherm
Microsoft DRM: An Open Letter | Electronic Frontier Foundation
EFF takes Microsoft to task for turning off their DRM server, thus breaking all music they sold.
via:boingboing  eff  DRM  Microsoft  copyright 
may 2008 by mcherm
Administration Asserts No Fourth Amendment for Domestic Military Operations | Electronic Frontier Foundation
EFF reads Bush admin memo and thinks Bush may believe search and seizure is OK if he pretends it's related to the military.
rights  civilrights  eff  politics  surveillance  via:boingboing 
april 2008 by mcherm
Monetizing File-Sharing: Collective Licensing Good, ISP Tax Bad | Electronic Frontier Foundation
RIAA is now proposing ISPs pay a fee to offer unlimited music downloads for their customers. The EFF here says that's fine *IF* it's voluntary for all, and bad if it's a mandatory tax.
via:boingboing  riaa  law  copyright  eff 
april 2008 by mcherm
L.A. grand jury issues subpoenas in Web suicide case - Los Angeles Times
Girl commits suicide after being rejected by a "friend" on MySpace. Friend was _really_ a neighbor's mom. Prosecutors can't prosecute since she hasn't broken laws. So they prosecute her for "fraud" for using a false name. I certainly hope it fails... this
law  internet  anonyminity  privacy  eff  via:kuro5hin 
march 2008 by mcherm
Radio host uses copyright lawsuit to silence Muslim critics; EFF fights back
Another use of copyright to prevent criticism. But in this case the EFF stepped in.
eff  copyrightabuse  copyright  ip-law  censorship 
february 2008 by mcherm

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