It’s a sad fact that patent trolling is pretty much everywhere these days, with businesses large and small — and even Martha Stewart — among the victims. But the Electronic Frontier Foundation is trying to take down one troll, Personal Audio, by filing to invalidate the company’s patent — in which it claims to have invented podcasting. The EFF has raised more than $75,000 to challenge Personal Audio, which has spent the year harassing popular podcasters and slammed three television networks with lawsuits. Now, it’s up to the EFF to hurdle through the red tape.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation resigned from the Global Network Initiative, a group of tech firms dedicated to opposing internet censorship. The resignation appears to be primarily a symbolic gesture.
A patent troll that bleeds small developers for their revenue has so far fought off the mighty Apple and Google. But now its luck may run out as it must tangle with Martha Stewart.
Google and Microsoft sued the government in June, claiming they have a free speech right to disclose the number of surveillance requests they receive. The government has filed six extensions but no response.
The law about when cops can search your phone is a cluster of confusion. But now the issue is teed up for the Supreme Court to define the privacy rights surrounding the personal computers in our pockets.
Many of America’s controversial surveillance activities are “legal” because they are approved by a secret court. Critics, including its own judges, have called for reform – but the problem won’t be fixed until the court adopts some basic legal traditions.
Congress has started a review of copyright law that will shape creative policies on the internet for years to come.
In a new court filing, the Obama Administration says the secret FISA court has no obligation to publish its decisions — not even those that explain why new forms of spying are constitutional.
Did you get a mysterious email from Facebook about a lawsuit? You’re eligible for some money but, alas, chances are the lawyers and privacy groups will keep it instead. Here’s the odds.
An activist group is trying to block a $22.5 million settlement between the FTC and Google because it doesn’t require the company to admit wrong-doing. The group is making mischief rather than raising a serious policy problem.