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[News] DMCA Abuse Backlash: Electronic Frontier Foundation Texas Instruments to Stop Bullying Hackers

  • Subject: [News] DMCA Abuse Backlash: Electronic Frontier Foundation Texas Instruments to Stop Bullying Hackers
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 15 Oct 2009 20:45:55 +0100
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EFF Warns Texas Instruments to Stop Harassing Calculator Hobbyists

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| The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) warned 
| Texas Instruments (TI) today not to pursue its 
| baseless legal threats against calculator 
| hobbyists who blogged about potential 
| modifications to the company's programmable 
| graphing calculators.
| TI's calculators perform a "signature check" 
| that allows only approved operating systems to 
| be loaded onto the hardware. But researchers 
| were able to reverse-engineer signing keys, 
| allowing tinkers to install custom operating 
| systems and unlock new functionality in the 
| calculators' hardware. In response to this 
| discovery, TI unleashed a torrent of demand 
| letters claiming that the anti-circumvention 
| provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright 
| Act (DMCA) required the hobbyists to take down 
| commentary about and links to the keys. EFF 
| represents three men who received such letters.


Another recent DMCA abuser is Ralph Lauren:

Ralph Lauren stick insect sacked for being 'too fat'

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| The model featured in the Ralph Lauren 
| Photoshop stick insect outrage - in which she 
| was Photoshopped to within an inch of her life 
| - claims she was sacked by the company for 
| being "too fat".
| Filippa Hamilton in the Ralph Lauren adFilippa 
| Hamilton suffered such an extreme digital 
| makeover in an ad for the fashion company that 
| BoingBoing was prompted to gasp: "Dude, her 
| head's bigger than her pelvis."



Ralph Lauren And Its Lawyers Discover The Streisand Effect On Bogus DMCA Takedown

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| Boing Boing put up a post about it, along with the tag
| line "Dude, her head's bigger than her pelvis." While
| some have questioned whether the ad is even real, one
| thing is clear: Ralph Lauren was not pleased. The
| company's lawyers at Greenberg Traurig sent DMCA takedown
| notices concerning both posts. Despite Blogger's new DMCA
| policy, Google still quickly took down the post at
| Photoshop Disasters, causing the site to ask whether or
| not Ralph Lauren or its lawyers have ever heard of the
| Streisand Effect (yay). BoingBoing's host, however,
| doesn't automatically take content down and passed along
| the info to BoingBoing, who quickly pointed out that this
| was clearly fair use (commentary, criticism, etc.) and
| the DMCA takedown wasn't being used to stop infringing
| content, but to stifle speech.

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