Post-TPP Special 301 Report Shows How Little Has Changed

Last Friday the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released the 2017 edition of its Special 301 Report [PDF], which the USTR issues each year to “name and shame” other countries that the U.S. claims should be doing more to protect and enforce their copyrights, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. Most of these demands exceed those countries’ […]

Chinese Government and Hollywood Launch Snoop-and-Censor Copyright Filter

Two weeks ago the Copyright Society of China (also known as the China Copyright Association) launched its new 12426 Copyright Monitoring Center, which is dedicated to scanning the Chinese Internet for evidence of copyright infringement. This frightening panopticon is said to be able to monitor video, music and images found on “mainstream audio and video sites and graphic portals, small […]

Courts Must Allow Online Platforms to Defend Their Users' Free Speech Rights, EFF Tells Court

Online platforms must be allowed to assert their anonymous users’ First Amendment rights in court, EFF argued in a brief filed Monday in a California appellate court. The case, Yelp v. Superior Court, concerns whether online review website Yelp has the legal right to appear in court and make arguments on behalf of its users. […]

The WIPO Broadcasting Treaty Would be a Body Blow for Online Video

This week EFF is in Geneva, at the Thirty-Fourth session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), to oppose a Broadcasting Treaty that could limit the use of video online. Ahead of this meeting, word was that delegations would be pushing hard to have a […]

California: Let’s End Unchecked Police Surveillance

All surveillance is political. Nowhere is this more evident than on the local level when law enforcement acquires new surveillance technology. Too often, the political process advantages police over the public interest. In California, a new bill—S.B. 21—offers the rare opportunity to shift the balance in favor of privacy.     Take Action Californians: tell […]

Actually, Congress Did Undermine Our Internet Privacy Rights

Don’t listen to the telecom lobby. Congress’ vote to repeal the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) broadband privacy rules has a profound impact on your online privacy rights. According to those who supported the repeal, the rules never took effect (they were scheduled to do so throughout 2017), so the repeal doesn’t change anything. You hear […]

EFF, Sen. Anderson Sponsor California License Plate Privacy Legislation

Sacramento—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Sen. Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) have introduced a California bill to protect drivers’ privacy by allowing them to cover their license plates while parked to avoid being photographed by automated license plate readers (ALPRs). The legislation will be considered by the California Senate Transportation and Housing Committee on Tuesday, May […]