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Eff Newsletter - June 6, 2006

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#1 tg1911


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Posted 19 June 2006 - 02:23 PM

Every couple of weeks, or so, I get a newsletter from EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation).
I've been a member for 3+ years.
I thought I would post the newsletters here, to help keep our members apprised of what's going on in the battle to defend your digital rights.

What is EFF?

From the Internet to the iPod, technologies are transforming our society and empowering us as speakers, citizens, creators, and consumers. When our freedoms in the networked world come under attack, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the first line of defense. EFF broke new ground when it was founded in 1990 well before the Internet was on most people's radar and continues to confront cutting-edge issues defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights today. From the beginning, EFF has championed the public interest in every critical battle affecting digital rights.

If there are any members out there like me, some of the information in these newsletters will make you see red. :thumbsup:
Please post any comments you may have.
Discussion of the information is encouraged.

EFFector Vol. 19, No. 21 June 6, 2006 editor@eff.org

A Publication of the Electronic Frontier Foundation
ISSN 1062-9424

In the 381st Issue of EFFector:

* Appeals Court Corrects Dangerous Web Privacy Ruling
* Announcing Line Noise: The EFF Podcast
* FSF DRM Protest, Saturday, June 10
* miniLinks (7): Forty-Eight Million Americans Have Created
Net Content
* Administrivia

For more information on EFF activities & alerts:

Make a donation and become an EFF member today!

Tell a friend about EFF:

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* Appeals Court Corrects Dangerous Web Privacy Ruling

Judges Agree with EFF Brief in DirecTV Case

San Francisco - The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has
corrected a dangerous lower court ruling that threatened
Internet privacy. In doing so, it preserved the privacy of
password-protected websites as well as the right to read
public sites. The decision followed the arguments made in
an amicus brief filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation

"A real privacy disaster was averted today," said EFF Staff
Attorney Kevin Bankston, who authored the brief. "The court
affirmed important legal protections for truly private
websites, and also protected your right to read public
content on the Internet without getting sued."

The case began when Michael Snow, the publisher of an anti-
DirecTV website, sued the company for unauthorized access
under the Stored Communications Act (SCA). Snow's site had
a banner and purported Terms of Service forbidding DirecTV
representatives from entering the site or using its message
board, but it was configured such that anyone in the public
could do so.

A lower court had rightly dismissed the case, but for the
wrong reasons -- holding that the SCA did not protect
websites at all, even if they were configured to be private.
However, the 11th Circuit clarified that websites are
protected by the SCA, except when they are designed to be
readily accessible to the general public.

"Through the World Wide Web, individuals can easily and
readily access websites hosted throughout the world. Given
the Web's ubiquitous and public nature, it becomes
increasingly important in cases concerning electronic
communications available through the Web for a plaintiff to
demonstrate that those communications are not readily
accessible," the opinion reads. "If by simply clicking a
hypertext link, after ignoring an express warning, on an
otherwise publicly accessible webpage, one is liable under
the SCA, then the floodgates of litigation would open and
the merely curious would be prosecuted. We find no intent
by Congress to so permit."

For the full opinion:

For EFF's brief:

For this release:

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* Announcing Line Noise: the EFF Podcast

We've had many requests recently for an audio summary of EFF
news. While we thought that dictating all the motions and
filings, press releases, newsletters and blog postings that
we file every month might make for an exciting six hour
commute, audience research indicated that might be a little
... overstimulating. So instead we present Line Noise, a
super-compressed, five minute audio summary of the current
hot topics at EFF.

For this first podcast, we have a few words with Kurt
Opsahl, the EFF attorney who successfully argued for online
journalist's rights in the Apple v. Does case at the
California Court of Appeal, information on the Sony BMG
settlement, and what you can do to help in the AT&T case.
We're still experimenting, so do let us know what and who
you'd like to hear in future episodes.

You can find a Line Noise RSS feed for MP3 players here, as
well as another version with Ogg Vorbis enclosures. And if
you're a EFF-supporting podcaster yourself, don't forget we
have a selection of public service announcements you can use
in your own productions.

For Episode 00.01

For our mp3 feed:

For our ogg feed:

For EFF podcast PSAs:

For this post:

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* FSF DRM Protest, Saturday, June 10

The Free Software Foundations' DRM activism group,
DefectiveByDesign.org sent their thanks to those EFF members
in Seattle WA, who attended their launch event on May 23rd.
The group is organizing more events at Apple stores in New
York, San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, Chicago and Plano this
Saturday -- if you'd like to join, RSVP to
appleflash@defectivebydesign.org, or sign up for future
actions at:

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* miniLinks
miniLinks features noteworthy news items from around the

~ Forty-Eight Million Americans Have Created Net Content
That's over a third of the US Internet-using population.

~ RIAA Honchos Interviewed
Feel good about prosecuting grandmothers, optimistic about
making radio receivers illegal.

~ Gonzales Says ISP Logging Needed in War Against Terrorism
"'We want this for terrorism,' Gonzales said, according to
one person familiar with the discussion."

~ Dutch Music Lovers Get Caught in DRM's Ratchet
David Berlind hears about the decreasing rights of the
customers of a European music download service.

~ "The Generative Internet" by Jonathan Zittrain
Or, the future of the Internet and how to save it;
Zittrain's take on the open PC-Internet "grid," and the
emerging (inevitable?) backlash.

~ Send Your Mail to the Australian Government With Just One
A commendable trust in people's ability to not game (or
accidentally submit incriminating data) to a government-run
spam blacklist.

~ IBM Exploits Data Retention Laws
Sold to corporations in the U.S. for HIPAA and Sarbanes-
Oxley compliance, but capable of far more -- IBM sees a
bright future for the 56Tb "TotalStorage Data Retention

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* Administrivia

EFFector is published by:

The Electronic Frontier Foundation
454 Shotwell Street
San Francisco CA 94110-1914 USA
+1 415 436 9333 (voice)
+1 415 436 9993 (fax)

Derek Slater, Activist

Membership & donation queries:

General EFF, legal, policy, or online resources queries:

Reproduction of this publication in electronic media is
encouraged. Signed articles do not necessarily represent the
views of EFF. To reproduce signed articles individually,
please contact the authors for their express permission.
Press releases and EFF announcements & articles may be
reproduced individually at will.

Current and back issues of EFFector are available via the
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Posted 19 June 2006 - 02:30 PM

I also subscribe to the newsletter, and am continually thankful that the EFF keeps tabs on our ever helpful but venial and not technically literate Congress, as well as other such interfering groups. Preserving the freedom of the individual and the integrity of the internet is of great importance.
Regards, and thanks for posting.

Edited by jgweed, 19 June 2006 - 02:31 PM.

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Posted 19 June 2006 - 04:48 PM

You're welcome, John.
I just feel the information provided in the newsletter is just too important, not to spread.
I'm also thankful for the work EFF does.
They do make a difference.
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