February 4, 2004
1. “Record Industry Cuts Corners in Crusade Against File-Sharers
Public Citizen, Electronic Frontier Foundation and ACLU Say “File Lawsuits Properly”. The groups do not question the seriousness of the illegal activity alleged by the record companies, but object to the process the companies have tried to use to obtain the file-sharers’ identities.”
I’m glad they are sticking to their guns and ensuring that this entire process is carried out as fairly as possible. At the same time, the more they push, the more they leave themselves open to attacks that they are really trying to protect infringers. An unforunate consequence, but one that I expect they will struggle with more and more.
2. “MacArthur Foundation Awards $600,000 to Electronic Frontier Foundation
“There are a number of influential members of the entertainment industry that use industry standard setting meetings – such as the Digital Video Broadcasting Project in Europe – as opportunities to mandate technological features that control digital media, such as devices for digital television that limit the user’s ability to copy programming for personal use or to skip commercials,” said Jonathan F. Fanton, President of the MacArthur Foundation. “By participating in such meetings, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is working to protect the rights of the user and ensure that future uses of technology are not restricted by the industry.”"