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Florida’s “True Origins of Digital Goods Act” Threatens Online Anonymity

A misguided copyright enforcement bill in Florida is threatening online anonymity. This week, the state legislature is considering the “True Origins of Digital Goods Act,” which would essentially make it unlawful for a website operator to remain anonymous if her site includes a substantial amount of embedded music or video. Anyone who runs a music blog or features video clips on her website would be required by law to disclose her name, address, and telephone number on the site.

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The Current DMCA Exemption Process is a Computer Security Vulnerability

In this day and age, it’s undeniable that we need the best computer security research to keep our data and ourselves safe. However, security researchers today don’t have the freedom they need to test systems for bugs and then fix them. It turns out a somewhat obscure regulatory process – the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s triennial circumvention review – could be a significant barrier to better security research.

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Mandated Search Filtering and Site Blocking are Still Bad Ideas

Today, the Center for Democracy & Technology joined 12 other organizations in reminding Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood of the overwhelming opposition to the website blocking and search filtering that the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) would have mandated. The letter responds to a litigation strategy, in apparent coordination with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), to accomplish SOPA’s goals through subpoenas and threatened legal action under Mississippi state law.

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Exporting the DMCA

Another leaked version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement appeared on Wikileaks yesterday and, as expected, it shows some positive progress, but also some backsliding.

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Welcome to Erik Stallman

CDT is excited to announce Erik Stallman as our Director of the Open Internet Project and General Counsel. Stallman, most recently with law firm Steptoe & Johnson LLP, has expertise in both telecommunications and intellectual property policy issues, with particular experience working on Internet regulatory matters and copyright law.

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Scoring the Aereo Decision

Yesterday’s Aereo decision was a clear win for broadcasters and a clear loss for Aereo and its subscribers. But what about the case’s potential impact on cloud computing technologies – the focus of the brief CDT filed with several industry allies?

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HathiTrust Win Good for Authors, Researchers, and Fair Use

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued its opinion yesterday in the HathiTrust library digitization case, and it’s a solid win for fair use, innovation, and the accessibility of books. The court coolly and rationally affirmed the lower court’s ruling that scanning copyrighted books to create a full-text search engine is a fair use. The ruling is good news for libraries, researchers, and any author more interested in her work being read than collecting dust in deep stacks. B

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