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Keeping the Internet Free For a New Generation of Speakers (The Huffington Post, Oct. 9, 2008)

Sometimes I just want to grab our government leaders by their collective collar and yell: “What part of ‘free’ in ‘free speech’ don’t you understand?!” when it comes to the issue of digital communication being afforded the same First Amendment protection as traditional print media. Free expression in the digital world stands on twin legal pillars that ironically both flow…

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Legal Brief Stresses Proper Limits of Secondary Copyright Liability

CDT, joined by groups from EFF to ITAA, told a federal court today that the law requires caution in assessing whether to impose copyright liability on the makers of multi-use technologies. In a legal brief filed in a lawsuit against the peer-to-peer file sharing service LimeWire, CDT and its allies did not take sides but rather urged the court…

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Public Interest Groups Tell Copyright Office To Stay Out of Buffer Dispute

For immediate release August 28, 2008 The U.S. Copyright Office should allow the courts to decide the crucial issue of whether a temporary copy of a song or other copyrighted work made by a computer must be subject to copyright royalties, public interest and industry groups said today. The Copyright Office should not try to decide the issue, a group…

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CDT Submits Comments in Music Licensing Rulemaking

In comments submitted today to the Copyright Office, CDT, EFF, Public Knowledge, and four other groups expressed support for the goal of providing greater licensing clarity to digital music services. That clarity could assist in the continued growth of the lawful online music market. The comments warned, however, that this goal could be undermined by rules that…

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Appeals Court Reverses “Remote DVR” Decision

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals today reversed a lower court decision that, as CDT and a number of others argued in a 2007 amicus brief, had the potential to chill innovation in products that use the Internet to provide storage and computing functions from remote locations. The lower court ruling had blocked Cablevision from rolling out a…

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CDT Applauds Appeals Court Ruling on COPA: Court affirms earlier decision ruling COPA unconstitutional

  Contact: Brock N Meeks, CDT (202) 637-9800 ex. 114 (703) 989-3547 (cell) Washington – The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today upheld a lower court ruling striking down a controversial law that required Web operators to restrict access to large amounts of constitutionally protected speech. The Child Online Protection Act (COPA) placed severe restrictions on a wide range…

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Unhappy Birthday Pacifica, The Huffington Post, July 2, 2008

This week marks the 30th anniversary of the day the U.S. Supreme Court built its indecency house upon the sand. That day, in FCC v. Pacifica Foundation, the court’s fractured 5-4 decision ruled that the FCC was justified in its role as arbiter of "indecency " when it came to deciding what was broadcast on public airwaves during…

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CDT Releases Privacy Principles for Digital Watermarking

Contact: Brock N Meeks, CDT (202) 637-9800 ex. 114 (703) 989-3547 (CELL) WASHINGTON – The Center for Democracy & Technology today released a set of privacy principles for digital watermarking. The principles are intended to provide guidance on how those deploying the technology can and should take privacy into account. Digital watermarking technology embeds information, in machine-readable form, within the content…

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CDT Issues Privacy Principles for Digital Watermarking

CDT today released a paper offering a set of principles for addressing potential privacy considerations when deploying digital watermarking technology. This technology embeds information within the content of digital media files in a form that is machine readable but often imperceptible to humans. Digital watermarking has a variety of applications and is increasingly being considered as a…

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