Broadband Roundup: House Passes USA Freedom Act to Rein in NSA, But Key Civil Liberties Groups Defect
Broadband's Impact, Cybersecurity, Privacy
May 22nd, 2014
WASHINGTON, May 22, 2014 – The House of Representatives passed the USA Freedom Act on Thursday in a 303 to 121 vote, according to Ars Technica, instituting changes to the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of American phone records. The goal is to end the practice of gathering records of meta-data about the individuals to which and […]
At Technology Show, A Palpable Interest in Legislation to Curb Actions by ‘Patent Trolls’
CES2013, Intellectual Property, Patents
January 8th, 2013
LAS VEGAS, January 8, 2013 – One of the biggest public policy challenges facing the information technology industry is the ability for patent holders to sue entrepreneurs, according to a panel on “patent trolls” here at the Consumer Electronics Show. A panel of entrepreneurs, non-profit groups and attorneys for major technology companies and Rep. Peter […]
U.N. Special Rapporteur: Internet Censorship Violation of Basic Human Rights
Broadband's Impact, Cybersecurity, International
June 6th, 2011
WASHINGTON, June 6, 2011 – The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, presented his report on freedom of expression and the Internet to the Human Rights Council in Geneva on Friday, concluding that Internet access is a basic human right.
In what was hailed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation as a ‘landmark report,’ La Rue’s report also declared that disconnecting individuals from the Internet goes against international law.
Non-Profits Seek to Block Injunction Against Rebroadcaster ivi
Copyright, Intellectual Property, Media
February 1st, 2011
WASHINGTON, February 1, 2011 – A group of non-profit organizations filed a brief in federal district court Tuesday, opposing an injunction that would pull Internet rebroadcaster, ivi TV, off the air pending the resolution of a copyright infringement suit against it.
Electronic Frontier Foundation Names Intellectual Property Team
December 21st, 2010
The Electronic Frontier Foundation on Monday formally named the members of its new intellectual property litigation team, bringing on board Yahoo’s senior legal director for copyright and an entertainment attorney from the law firm of Loeb & Loeb in Chicago.
Digital Rights Group Says Company Going After “Hurt Locker” and Other Movie Downloaders Are Abusing Legal Process
October 19th, 2010
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is continuing to battle an emerging phenomenon known in some legal circles as “copyright trolls,” companies that have been set up to abuse copyright law to pressure individuals suspected of copyright infringement into monetary settlements. The digital rights group on Friday filed a friend-of-the-court brief urging a federal district court in […]
U.S. Copyright Chief Marybeth Peters, Who Presided Over Office’s Expansive Influence, to Retire
September 13th, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO, September 13, 2010 — The U.S. top policy chief in charge of steering and influencing the nation’s positions on copyright issues is to retire by the end of the year, the copyright office announced Monday.
Marybeth Peters became Register in 1994, which the copyright office said is the second-longest term served by anyone other than the first Register ever Thorvald Solberg.
Public Knowledge Recognizes Individuals for Their Dedication to Internet Advancement
August 4th, 2010
WASHINGTON, August 4, 2010 — Public Knowledge has chosen three recipients for the advocacy group’s 2010 IP3 awards, to be presented Oct. 13 in Washington. The winners have, according to the press release, “advanced the public interest in one of the three areas of ‘IP’ – Intellectual Property, Information Policy and Internet Protocol.”
Free At Last? Obama Admin Jailbreaks iPhone, Sanctions MashUps, Blesses Security Research
Copyright, Intellectual Property, Uncategorized, Wireless
July 27th, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO, July 26, 2010 – The US Copyright Office on Monday addressed many of the longstanding criticisms of a digital-era copyright law when it granted all of the exemptions to the law (under certain circumstances) requested by a flagship digital rights group.
Moviemakers’ Demand for ISP Customers’ IDs In Infringement Suits Should be Quashed, Argue Rights Groups
Copyright, Intellectual Property
June 30th, 2010
A copyright holder can’t just randomly rummage around an internet service provider’s logs of its customers’ online activities in pursuit of those too cheap to pay for their entertainment a group of public interest lawyers are scheduled to argue Wednesday in a D.C. court.