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Obama administration task force wants to make unauthorized streaming a felony

The U.S. Department of Commerce wants to crack down on the unauthorized streaming of video and audio content by reviving a provision of the Stop Online Piracy Act. In a report released last week, the Commerce Department’s Internet Policy Task Force called for the unauthorized streaming of copyrighted works to…

Protest targets U.S. cyber intelligence legislation known as CISPA

SAN FRANCISCO — Civil liberties groups on Monday launched protests targeting proposed US cyber intelligence law that they fear would let police freely dip into people’s private online information. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Reporters Without Borders were among organizations that signaled the start of a week of Internet…

Coalition of tech, rights groups demand u-turn in copyright debate

Should Congress mandate the disconnection of American citizens from the global communications infrastructure just because they download or link to copyrighted media? A coalition of 70 groups, comprised of tech companies, human rights organizations, entrepreneurs and activists are saying no, banding together this week to amplify their voices with an open letter…

Dept. of Transportation allegedly withholding data on domestic drone flights

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday for allegedly withholding records pertaining to the use of unmanned aircraft within the United States. “Drones give the government and other unmanned aircraft operators a powerful new surveillance tool to gather extensive and intrusive…

Judge rules that Twitter must hand over information on WikiLeaks supporters

A year ago this week, it was learned that a US grand jury had secretly issued subpoenas for the Twitter account information of several WikiLeaks supporters. The subpoenas have been held up by challenges from the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, but now U.S. District Judge…

Viacom faces lawsuit over ‘What What (In the Butt)’ South Party parody

After accusing YouTube of rampant copyright infringement, media giant Viacom has found an unusual ally in a fight over its own use of copyrighted material. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has filed an amicus brief in support of Viacom over a parody of a popular online video called “What What…

House stages cheerleading session for Internet censorship bill

A bill that would allow corporations and the U.S. government to create and maintain a massive blacklist of websites accused of copyright infringement got its first serious hearing before a House committee today, but it turned out to be little more than a cheerleading session for sponsors of the legislation.…

Stop Online Piracy Act threatens human rights activists: digital rights group

Human rights activists and whistle blowers could be “major casualties” of a copyright protection bill proposed by the House Judiciary Committee in late October, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) would make it easier for U.S. authorities to crack down on websites accused…

Justin Bieber tries to shut down anti-’illegal streaming bill’ website

A website created this week in opposition to a Senate bill now faces legal threats from the lawyers of Canadian pop star Justin Bieber, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). The parody site, Free Bieber, points out that the Commercial Felony Streaming Act could have landed the teen sensation…

House panel approves bill forcing ISPs to log users’ web history

The House Judiciary Committee approved legislation on Thursday that would require Internet service providers (ISPs) to collect and retain records about Internet users’ activity. CNET reported the bill would require ISPs to retain customers’ names, addresses, phone numbers, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, and temporarily-assigned IP addresses for 12…

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