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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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Oct 29
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It’s Time to Kick Patent Trolls Out of the International Trade Commission

It’s Time to Kick Patent Trolls Out of the International Trade Commission

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItThe International Trade Commission, or ITC, is a federal agency in Washington D.C. that investigates unfair trade practices. Unfortunately, in recent years, it has also become a magnet for some of the worst abusers of the U.S. patent system. Now, there’s a bill in Congress, the Protecting America’s Interest Act (), that could finally get patent trolls out of the ITC—a place they never should have been allowed in the first place.Patent owners can ask the Commission to investigate an allegation of infringement, in...

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Oct 29
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California League of Cities Should Reject Misguided Section 230 Resolution

California League of Cities Should Reject Misguided Section 230 Resolution

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItThe past few months have seen of to undermine Section 230, the law that makes a free Internet possible. But now we’re seeing one from a surprising place: the California League of Cities.To be clear, the League of Cities, an association of city officials from around the state, doesn’t have the power to change or any other federal law. But if Congress were to actually follow their lead, the policies that the League is considering approving would be disastrous for the freedom of California residents.Section 230 states...

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Oct 7
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Urgent: EARN IT Act Introduced in House of Representatives

Urgent: EARN IT Act Introduced in House of Representatives

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItThe dangerous EARN IT Act passed the Senate Judiciary Committee last month, and now it’s been introduced in the House of Representatives.We need your help to stop this anti-speech, anti-security bill. Email your elected officials in both chambers of Congress today and ask them to publicly oppose the EARN IT Act.The EARN IT Act would allow all 50 state legislatures, as well as U.S. territories and Washington D.C., to pass laws that would regulate the Internet. By breaking Section 230 of the Communications Decency...

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When the U.S. Patent Office Won’t Do Its Job, Congress Should Step In

When the U.S. Patent Office Won’t Do Its Job, Congress Should Step In

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItWhen people get sued by patent trolls, they can fight back in one of two places: a U.S. district court or the Patent and Trademark Office. But the Patent Office is putting its thumb on the scale again in favor of patent owners and against technology users. This time, the Office is relying on specious legal arguments to shut down patent reviews at the Patent and Trademark Appeals Board (PTAB).The procedure that’s being undermined at PTAB is a procedure called inter partes review, or IPR. Congress created IPRs in...

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Jul 29
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The New EARN IT Bill Still Threatens Encryption and Free Speech

The New EARN IT Bill Still Threatens Encryption and Free Speech

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItThe day before a committee debate and vote on the EARN IT Act, the bill’s sponsors replaced their bill with an . Here’s their new idea: instead of giving a 19-person federal commission, dominated by law enforcement, the power to regulate the Internet, the bill now effectively gives that power to state legislatures. And instead of requiring that Internet websites and platforms comply with the commission’s “best practices” in order to keep their vital legal protections under for hosting user content, it simply blows...

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The New EARN IT Bill Still Threatens Encryption and Free Speech

The New EARN IT Bill Still Threatens Encryption and Free Speech

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItThe day before a committee debate and vote on the EARN IT Act, the bill’s sponsors replaced their bill with an . Here’s their new idea: instead of giving a 19-person federal commission, dominated by law enforcement, the power to regulate the Internet, the bill now effectively gives that power to state legislatures. And instead of requiring that Internet websites and platforms comply with the commission’s “best practices” in order to keep their vital legal protections under for hosting user content, it simply blows...

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Tell Your Senator: Vote No on the EARN IT Act

Tell Your Senator: Vote No on the EARN IT Act

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItThis month, Americans are out in the streets, demanding police accountability. But rather than consider reform proposals, a key Senate committee is focused on giving unprecedented powers to law enforcement—including the ability to break into our private messages by creating encryption backdoors.This Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to debate and vote on the so-called EARN IT Act, S. 3398. It’s a law that would allow the government to scan every message sent online. The EARN IT Act creates a...

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Jun 30
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New Low for a Bad Patent: Patent Troll Sues Ventilator Company

New Low for a Bad Patent: Patent Troll Sues Ventilator Company

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItPatent trolls don’t care much about innovation. Their lawsuits and threats are attempts at rent-seeking; they’re demanding money from people who make, use, or sell technology just for doing what they were already doing—for crossing the proverbial “bridge” that the patent troll has decided to lurk under.You might think that, during the Coronavirus outbreak and concurrent economic downturn, meritless patent threats might ease up a bit. After all, a lot of companies—particularly smaller ones—are having a hard time...

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Joe Mullin
May 20
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The “Inventor Rights Act” is an Attack on True Invention

The “Inventor Rights Act” is an Attack on True Invention

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItCertain patent owners just can’t get enough of the monopoly power patents bestow. That’s why they keep trying to make it easier to get and sue over patents, despite Supreme Court rulings that point in the opposite direction.Their latest effort, the misleadingly-named “Inventors Rights Act,” also known as , hijacks the positive associations many of us have with “inventors” to radically tilt the patent system in favor of patent owners, including patent trolls.Patent trolls make money by threatening people over...

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Joe Mullin
Apr 29
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Who’s A Patent Troll, and Who’s An Inventor?

Who’s A Patent Troll, and Who’s An Inventor?

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItTwo Congressmen recently introduced a bill that would create a special type of patent called an “Inventor-Owned Patent.” Having classified a group of “inventors,” the Inventor Rights Act () goes on to give them a long list of special privileges that will help them sue other people for patent infringement. If the bill passes, patent owners whom the government deems “inventors” will be able to exploit a big list of legal loopholes—including the ability to shut down product lines, avoid Patent Office reviews, and blow...

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Lengthening Patent Terms by 10 Years is Exactly the Wrong Response to COVID-19  

Lengthening Patent Terms by 10 Years is Exactly the Wrong Response to COVID-19  

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItGovernments around the world are taking steps to make sure that private corporations don’t use the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to make unjustified monopoly profits. They’re doing that by ensuring that governments can override patents and issue compulsory licenses for COVID-19 related treatments, vaccines, and tools. Canada’s authorizes the government to make and use patented inventions as needed in fighting the pandemic. Governments in Chile, Ecuador, Germany, and Israel .But in the U.S., lobbyists and...

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Apr 8
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The EARN IT Bill Is the Government’s Plan to Scan Every Message Online

The EARN IT Bill Is the Government’s Plan to Scan Every Message Online

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItImagine an Internet where the law required every message sent to be read by government-approved scanning software. Companies that handle such messages wouldn’t be allowed to securely encrypt them, or they’d lose legal protections that allow them to operate.That’s what the Senate Judiciary Committee has proposed and hopes to pass into law. The , sponsored by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), will away from any website that doesn’t follow a list of “best practices,” meaning those sites can...

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Mar 12
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The EARN IT Bill Is the Government’s Plan to Scan Every Message Online

The EARN IT Bill Is the Government’s Plan to Scan Every Message Online

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItImagine an Internet where the law required every message sent to be read by government-approved scanning software. Companies that handle such messages wouldn’t be allowed to securely encrypt them, or they’d lose legal protections that allow them to operate.That’s what the Senate Judiciary Committee has proposed and hopes to pass into law. The , sponsored by Senators Lindsay Graham (R-GA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), will away from any website that doesn’t follow a list of “best practices,” meaning those sites can...

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The Graham-Blumenthal Bill: A New Path for DOJ to Finally Break Encryption

The Graham-Blumenthal Bill: A New Path for DOJ to Finally Break Encryption

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItMembers of Congress are about to introduce a bill that will undermine the law that undergirds free speech on the Internet. If passed, the bill known as the , will fulfill a long-standing dream of U.S. law enforcement. If passed, it could largely mark the end of private, encrypted messaging on the Internet.The Department of Justice and the FBI have long seen encryption as a threat. In 1993, the Clinton administration that would allow for easy government eavesdropping using key escrow. When researchers repeatedly...

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The Graham-Blumenthal Bill: A New Path for DOJ to Finally Break Encryption

The Graham-Blumenthal Bill: A New Path for DOJ to Finally Break Encryption

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItMembers of Congress are about to introduce a bill that will undermine the law that undergirds free speech on the Internet. If passed, the bill known as the , will fulfill a long-standing dream of U.S. law enforcement. If passed, it could largely mark the end of private, encrypted messaging on the Internet.The Department of Justice and the FBI have long seen encryption as a threat. In 1993, the Clinton administration that would allow for easy government eavesdropping using key escrow. When researchers repeatedly...

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Entrepreneurs Tell USPTO Director Iancu: Patent Trolls Aren’t Just “Monster Stories”

Entrepreneurs Tell USPTO Director Iancu: Patent Trolls Aren’t Just “Monster Stories”

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItPatent trolls aren’t a myth. They aren’t a bedtime story. Ask a software developer—they’re likely to know someone who has been sued or otherwise threatened by one, if they haven’t been themselves.Unfortunately, the new director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is in a serious state of denial about patent trolls and the hurt they cause to technologists everywhere. Today a number of small business owners and start-up founders have submitted a to USPTO Director Andre Iancu telling him that...

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Joe Mullin
Feb 16
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