EFFector 22.20: EFF Sues DoJ for Public Release of FBI Surveillance Rules

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EFFector 22.20: EFF Sues DoJ for Public Release of FBI Surveillance Rules

David P. Dillard


Date: Fri, 3 Jul 2009 18:06:43 -0500 (CDT)
From: EFFector List <[hidden email]>
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Subject: EFFector 22.20: EFF Sues DoJ for Public Release of FBI Surveillance

EFFector Vol. 22, No. 20  July 3, 2009  [hidden email]

A Publication of the Electronic Frontier Foundation
ISSN 1062-9424

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In our 513th issue:

suit against the Department of Justice this week, demanding the public
release of the "Domestic Investigative Operational Guidelines" that
govern surveillance of Americans by the FBI. "Americans have the right
to know the basic surveillance policies used by federal investigators
and how their privacy is -- or is not -- being protected," explains
EFF Senior Counsel David Sobel.

For the full press release:

EFF urged a federal court Wednesday to reject bogus copyright claims
in a ringtone royalty battle that could raise costs for consumers,
jeopardize consumer rights, and curtail new technological innovation.

As part of a ploy to squeeze more money out of mobile phone companies,
the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) has
told a federal court that each time a phone rings in a public place,
the phone user has violated copyright law. Therefore, ASCAP argues,
phone carriers must pay additional royalties or face legal liability
for contributing to what they claim is cell phone users' copyright
infringement. In an amicus brief filed Wednesday, EFF points out that
copyright law does not reach public performances "without any purpose
of direct or indirect commercial advantage" -- clearly the case with
cell phone ringtones. If phone users are not infringing copyright law,
then mobile phone service providers are not contributing to any

For the full press release:

For the blog post:

For more on this case:

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EFF Updates

* Google and HTTPS
Google's announcement that it's going to be offering strong encryption
for gmail messages was heartening. The next step is to figure out how
to offer encrypted search capability!

* Into the DTV Era, With No Broadcast Flag Mandate
Entertainment industries like to argue that they "need" DRM to make
works available, and policymakers have eagerly adopted this argument.
But when the bluff is called, it turns out that DRM wasn't so
necessary after all.

* Help Protesters in Iran: Run a Tor Bridge or a Tor Relay
Internet users in Iran are using Tor to both (a) circumvent censorship
systems and (b) remain anonymous while reading and writing on the
Internet. Both are critically important to the safety of protesters,
many of whom fear retaliation from the government. Preliminary reports
indicate that use of the Tor client in Iran has increased in the days
after the contested election.

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~ Surveillance in Iran vs. Surveillance in the US
Iran has an Internet monitoring center built by Nokia and Siemens AG
what kind of domestic spying is happening in the US?

~ Data Shows Music Fans Are Willing to Buy
TopSpin and Nettwerk have experimented with premium discs, free
and free shows and have found that fans are still more than willing to

~ Panasonic Blocking Use of Third-Party Batteries
A firmware update to some Pansonic cameras is preventing consumers
using their choice of battery, forcing users to buy only "genuine"
Panasonic batteries.

~ Endless Privacy Concerns After Clear Shuts Down
What happens to all the fingerprints, iris scans, and Social Security
numbers collected by the Clear registered traveler service?

~ Electronic Arts' New Motto: Please Pirate our Games...er,
The video game publisher seeks to move beyond piracy by selling games
that, as a rule, encourage payment for an improved experience, like
access to the game community and better content.

~ Musician Makes $19k on Twitter; $0 on Major Label Solo Album
Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls recounts recent examples of using
Twitter to reach out to fans directly and garner direct support for
her creative efforts, while her major label album sales net nothing.

~ Does a Private Company Own City Bus Travel Times?
A controversy is brewing over NextBus Information Systems, which shut
down an iPhone app by claiming to have exclusive ownership of bus
arrival data.

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* Intern Opportunity!

EFF is looking for a summer intern to help in our development and
media departments. This is an unpaid, full-time position.

Projects will include:
-Working on our annual report and contacting major donors and
foundations (40% of time);
-Assisting with membership fulfillment and bulk mailing
(40% of time); and
-Identifying and organizing press clippings (20% of time).

Excellent writing and editing skills, strong organizational abilities,
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Interest in development and/or public relations as a career is a plus,
as is knowledge and familiarity with EFF's issues.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to:
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* Volunteer at EFF!

EFF is looking for volunteers to assist with operations in our
membership department. If you're quick, organized, detail-oriented,
and looking for a hands-on way to support EFF, contact us today!

Duties include:

* Membership fulfillment
* Organizing premiums
* Print mailing
* Event assistance

Learn about fundraising operations in the nonprofit world while
supporting your favorite organization in a tangible way! Interest in
grassroots fundraising is a plus, as is knowledge and familiarity with
EFF's issues. Send a letter of interest to [hidden email]

* IT Equipment for EFF Offices

We are looking for donations of computer equipment to support EFF's
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Requested Items:

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larger number of smaller drives with the same interface.

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Please contact [hidden email] if you can help!

* Help EFF Go to DEFCON!

EFF is looking for donations of airline tickets and hotel points for
the DEFCON hacking conference, as well as other conferences and
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ticket and would like to send an EFF staffer to a conference, let us
know, and we will help you with the process of making the reservation.
Please note that at this time we are unable to combine miles from
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help reduce our overall travel costs.

As a thanks for your donation, we can offer a free membership and a
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* Nominate a Pioneer for EFF's 2009 Pioneer Awards!

EFF established the Pioneer Awards to recognize leaders on the
electronic frontier who are extending freedom and innovation in the
realm of information technology. This is your opportunity to nominate
a deserving individual or group to receive a Pioneer Award for 2009.
The International Pioneer Awards nominations are open both to
individuals and organizations from any country. Nominations are
reviewed by a panel of judges chosen for their knowledge of the
technical, legal, and social issues associated with information

How to Nominate Someone for a 2009 Pioneer Award:

You may send as many nominations as you wish, but please use one email
per nomination. Please submit your entries via email to
[hidden email]. We will accept nominations until July 15, 2009.

Simply tell us:

1. The name of the nominee,

2. The phone number, email address or website by which the nominee can
be reached, and, most importantly,

3. Why you feel the nominee deserves the award.

Nominee Criteria:

There are no specific categories for the EFF Pioneer
Awards, but the following guidelines apply:

1. The nominees must have contributed substantially to the health,
growth, accessibility, or freedom of computer-based communications.

2. To be valid, all nominations must contain your reason, however
brief, for nominating the individual or organization and a means of
contacting the nominee. In addition, while anonymous nominations will
be accepted, ideally we'd like to contact the nominating parties in
case we need further information.

3. The contribution may be technical, social, economic, or cultural.

4. Nominations may be of individuals, systems, or organizations in the
private or public sectors.

5. Nominations are open to all (other than current members of EFF's
staff and operating board or this year's award judges), and you may
nominate more than one recipient. You may also nominate yourself or
your organization.

6. Persons or representatives of organizations receiving an EFF
Pioneer Award will be invited to attend the ceremony at EFF's

More on the EFF Pioneer Awards:

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David Dillard
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