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[News] EFF is Still Swatting Intellectual Monopolies

  • Subject: [News] EFF is Still Swatting Intellectual Monopolies
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 09 Feb 2010 02:26:12 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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"Fighting patents one by one will never eliminate the danger of software patents, any more than
swatting mosquitoes will eliminate malaria."

                                --Richard Stallman

Patent Office Grants EFF Request for Reexamination of Dangerous VOIP Patent

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| The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has won reexamination of an illegitimate 
| patent on voice-over-Internet protocol (VoIP) that could cripple the adoption of new VoIP technologies.


Patent office to review VoIP patent 

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| The patent, held by a small company called C2 Communications Technologies, is 
| one of 10 that the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has been trying to 
| strike down for several years through its Patent Busting Project. On Friday, 
| the patent office granted the EFF's request for a re-examination, the 
| EFF said. The digital civil-liberties organization argued that another 
| applicant had submitted basically some of the same technology to the 
| patent office before C2 did. 



Unsafe Harbors: Abusive DMCA Subpoenas and Takedown Demands

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| The DMCA has been used to invade the privacy
| of Internet users, harass Internet service
| providers, and chill online speech. The
| subpoena and takedown powers of Section 512
| are not limited to cases of proven copyright
| infringement, and are exercised without a
| judge's review.  The following is a small
| sampling of abuse, overreaching, and
| mistakes in the use of Section 512(h)
| subpoenas, Section 512(c)(3)(A) notices, and
| equivalents. Judicial oversight could curb
| these abuses without interfering with
| copyright enforcement.

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