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GitHub Reinstates youtube-dl After RIAA’s Abuse of the DMCA

GitHub Reinstates youtube-dl After RIAA’s Abuse of the DMCA

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItGitHub recently , a popular free software tool for downloading videos from YouTube and other user-uploaded video platforms. GitHub had taken down the repository last month after the .By shoehorning DMCA 1201 into the notice-and-takedown process, RIAA potentially sets a very dangerous precedent.The removal of youtube-dl’s source code caused an outcry. The tool is used by journalists and activists to save eyewitness videos, by YouTubers to save backup copies of their own uploaded videos, and by people with slow or...

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Don’t Blame Section 230 for Big Tech’s Failures. Blame Big Tech.

Don’t Blame Section 230 for Big Tech’s Failures. Blame Big Tech.

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItNext time you hear someone blame Section 230 for a problem with social media platforms, ask yourself two questions: first, was this problem actually caused by Section 230? Second, would weakening Section 230 solve the problem? Politicians and commentators on both sides of the aisle frequently blame Section 230 for big tech companies’ failures, but their reform proposals wouldn’t actually address the problems they attribute to Big Tech. If lawmakers are concerned about large social media platforms’ outsized...

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RIAA Abuses DMCA to Take Down Popular Tool for Downloading Online Videos

RIAA Abuses DMCA to Take Down Popular Tool for Downloading Online Videos

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare It"youtube-dl" is a popular free software tool for downloading videos from YouTube and other user-uploaded video platforms. GitHub recently at the behest of the Recording Industry Association of America, potentially stopping many thousands of users, and other programs and services, that rely on it.On its face, this might seem like an ordinary copyright takedown of the type that happens every day. Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), a copyright holder can ask a platform to take down an allegedly...

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Congress Fails to Ask Tech CEOs the Hard Questions

Congress Fails to Ask Tech CEOs the Hard Questions

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItSan Francisco—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) told the City of Vallejo that its practice of blocking people and deleting comments on social media because it doesn't like their messages is illegal under the First Amendment, and demanded that it stop engaging in such viewpoint discrimination, unblock all members of the...San Francisco – On Wednesday, October 21 at 5 pm ET/2 pm PT, voter advocacy organizations will ask a district court to block an unconstitutional Executive Order that retaliates...

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Open Access Must Be the Rule, Not the Exception

Open Access Must Be the Rule, Not the Exception

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItThe COVID-19 pandemic demands that governments, scientific researchers, and industry work together to bring life-saving technology to the public regardless of who can afford it. But even as we take steps to make medical technology and treatments available to everyone, we shouldn’t forget that more crises will come after COVID-19. There will be future public health disasters; in fact, . As climate change continues to threaten human life, there will be other kind of disasters too. A patch for the current crisis is...

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The Online Content Policy Modernization Act Is an Unconstitutional Mess

The Online Content Policy Modernization Act Is an Unconstitutional Mess

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItEFF is standing with a huge coalition of organizations to urge Congress to oppose the Online Content Policy Modernization Act (OCPMA, ). Introduced by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), the OCPMA is yet another of this year’s flood of misguided attacks on Internet speech (). The bill would make it harder for online platforms to take common-sense moderation measures like removing spam or correcting disinformation, including disinformation about the upcoming election. But it doesn’t stop there: the bill would also upend...

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How Patent Abuse Could Hurt the Fight Against the Pandemic

How Patent Abuse Could Hurt the Fight Against the Pandemic

You probably don’t remember the day the White House issued its , but I’ll never forget it. That’s the rule that requires funded by the federal government to be made available to the public one year (at most) after publication. I was working back then at Creative Commons, an organization that advocates for strong open access policies. I remember saying to a colleague, “Well, time to find a new cause.”An oversimplification? Sure, myopia is an occupational hazard in my field. But I believed then that the right to knowledge was the panacea—that if we could remove the legal and institutional...

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The Graham-Blumenthal Bill Is an Attack on Online Speech and Security

The Graham-Blumenthal Bill Is an Attack on Online Speech and Security

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItMembers of Congress have mounted a major threat to your freedom of speech and privacy online. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) recently introduced a bill that would undermine key protections for Internet speech in U.S. law. It would also expose providers of the private messaging services we all rely on to serious legal risk, potentially forcing them to undermine their tools’ security.The so-called () is an attack on speech, security, and innovation. .The bill deals with the very serious...

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NGO Community Urges ICANN to Scrutinize the .ORG Sale

NGO Community Urges ICANN to Scrutinize the .ORG Sale

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItArgentinian civil rights group has just launched its second edition of the ¿Quien Defiende Tus Datos? (Who Defends Your Data?) report, rating nine companies’ commitments to transparency and user privacy. Argentinian companies are off to a good start but still have a long...The Internet Society’s (ISOC) November announcement that it intended to (PIR, the organization that oversees the .ORG domain name registry) to a private equity firm sent shockwaves through the global NGO sector. The announcement came just...

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Mar 10
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