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Letter to the President on ACTA Transparency

We are writing to express our deep concerns about the lack of transparency and openness surrounding the negotiations on a new Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (“ACTA”). The undersigned organizations represent a diverse array of public interest groups encompassing library, consumer, creator, and civil liberties organizations. On the first full day of your term as President, you issued memoranda pledging increased…

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Music Download Warning List

Beware of Potentially Deceptive Fee-Based Download Services Thinking of signing up and paying money to a music download service that looks legitimate and perhaps even claims to be "legal?" Check our list first. Unfortunately, some sites may be happy to take your money, and may leave you with the impression that they are legal sources of a full range of music…

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Testimony of David Sohn : H.R. 2221

Testimony of David Sohn before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce on “H.R. 2221, the Data Accountability and Trust Act and H.R. 1319, the Informed P2P User. 

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Testimony of David Sohn on the Informed P2P User Act

Testimony of David Sohn before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce on "H.R. 2221, the Data Accountability and Trust Act and H.R. 1319, the Informed P2P User Act

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CDT Urges Kentucky Courts to Reverse Course on Gambling Domain Name Seizures

In November, CDT, along with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, filed a "friend of the court" brief with the Kentucky Court of Appeals in support of various petitions seeking to overturn orders by Franklin County Circuit Court Judge Thomas D. Wingate seizing the "domain names" of gambling websites located outside of Kentucky….

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Proposed I.P. Trade Agreement Sparks Alarm Due to Lack of Transparency

Since late 2007, the United States and a number of other countries, including Australia, Canada, the European Union, Japan, Mexico, and South Korea, have been negotiating an "Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement" (ACTA). The aggressive timetable of the negotiation effort, together with a pronounced lack of transparency, create a risk that controversial or ill-advised provisions could find their way into the…

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Congressional Child Safety Bills Present Serious Constitutional Risks, and Some Opportunities for Effective Action

The current Congressional session has seen the introduction of an unprecedented number of bills intended to promote online child safety or regulation online content. In past Congresses, there have only been a handful of serious proposals to regulate speech. This year, in marked contrast, more than thirty different bills, addressing the broad topic of child safety in new and…

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