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Leaked European copyright proposal would cause massive changes to Internet platforms and news sites as we know them. Unless stopped, European user content sites may be forced to do revenue-sharing deals with entertainment companies.
A just-leaked draft impact assessment on the modernization of European copyright rules could spell the end for many online services in Europe as we know them. The document's recommendations foreshadow new a EU Directive on copyright to be introduced later this year, that will ultimately bind each of the European Union's 28 member states. If these recommendations by the European Commission are put in place, Europe's Internet will never be the same...
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+Phillip Landmeier Same thing with butter makers and margarine. It makes you wonder how many awesome technologies we would have if they hadn't been squashed.
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Baltimore police are using secret, real-time aerial surveillance. Bloomberg reports.
Since January, police have been testing an aerial surveillance system adapted from the surge in Iraq. And they neglected to tell the public.
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Shoot down those Surveillance Drones!
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What the NSA talks about when it talks about "targeted" surveillance.
We all know that the NSA uses word games to hide and downplay its activities. Words like "collect," "conversations," "communications" and even "surveillance" have suffered tortured definitions that create confusion rather than clarity. There’s another one to watch: "targeted" v. "mass" surveillance.
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702 is the area code in las vegas
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Universities are the next arena for the fight against patent trolling. Let's reclaim invention.
When universities invent, those inventions should benefit everyone. Unfortunately, they sometimes end up in the hands of patent trolls—companies that serve no purpose but to amass patents and demand money from others. When a university sells patents to trolls, it undermines the university’s purpose as a driver of innovation. Those patents become landmines that make innovation more difficult.
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Not to mention feminism, gender studies and race baiting. Forcing students to take propaganda classes to pass STEM! 
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An update on the battle with notorious patent troll Shipping & Transit, which has sued over 500 companies so far.
There has been significant activity relating to cases and patent infringement claims made by Shipping & Transit, LLC, formerly known as ArrivalStar.
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Universities can be the secret weapon in the fight against patent trolls.
The patent system was enshrined in the American Constitution as a tool to promote innovation and invention. But as we have lamented again, and again , and again, the current system often has the opposite effect. In recent years, patent trolls—more politely known as non-practicing entities or NPEs—have hijacked the patent system, amassing hundreds and thousands of overbroad, low-quality patents with the sole purpose of suing and forcing ...
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how fany
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Research universities are supposed to drive innovation. When they sell patents to trolls, they do just the opposite.
When universities invent, those inventions should benefit everyone. Unfortunately, they sometimes end up in the hands of patent trolls—companies that serve no purpose but to amass patents and demand money from others. When a university sells patents to trolls, it undermines the university’s purpose as a driver of innovation. Those patents become landmines that make innovation more difficult.
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+Bryce Alexander - My point exactly. Monopolies, of any sort, are an affront to the free market.

And in tech, six months is an eternity...
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The NSA is playing word games to downplay its surveillance activities. Don't be fooled.
We all know that the NSA uses word games to hide and downplay its activities. Words like "collect," "conversations," "communications," and even "surveillance" have suffered tortured definitions that create confusion rather than clarity. There’s another one to watch: "targeted" v. "mass" surveillance.
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Are you promoting digital rights in your community? Join us tomorrow (Thursday, 8/25) to share your latest campaigns and events.
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"We can’t have a free society unless people have a private space." EFF ED Cindy Cohn on the Mac Observer podcast.
Background Mode: interview with Electronic Frontier Foundation Executive Director Cindy Cohn
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While I'm not opposed to the idea, the modern concept of "private space" is just that - modern. It's not a necessary prerequisite for a free society. In fact, the vast majority of "free" cultures in human history have been the opposite of private, they've been collectivist.
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University research should benefit everyone. Let's Reclaim Invention.
When universities invent, those inventions should benefit everyone. Unfortunately, they sometimes end up in the hands of patent trolls, companies that serve no purpose but to amass patents and demand money from other innovators and inventors. We’re asking universities around the country to protect their inventions from patent trolls by signing the Public Interest Patent Pledge. The PIPP is a promise that before selling or licensing its patents to...
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Tell your university: Don't sell patents to trolls.
When universities invent, those inventions should benefit everyone. Unfortunately, they sometimes end up in the hands of patent trolls, companies that serve no purpose but to amass patents and demand money from other innovators and inventors. We’re asking universities around the country to protect their inventions from patent trolls by signing the Public Interest Patent Pledge. The PIPP is a promise that before selling or licensing its patents to...
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The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development. We work to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows.

Even in the fledgling days of the Internet, EFF understood that protecting access to developing technology was central to advancing freedom for all. In the years that followed, EFF used our fiercely independent voice to clear the way for open source software, encryption, security research, file sharing tools, and a world of emerging technologies.

Today, EFF uses the unique expertise of leading technologists, activists, and attorneys in our efforts to defend free speech online, fight illegal surveillance, advocate for users and innovators, and support freedom-enhancing technologies.

Together, we forged a vast network of concerned members and partner organizations spanning the globe. EFF advises policymakers and educates the press and the public through comprehensive analysis, educational guides, activist workshops, and more. EFF empowers hundreds of thousands of individuals through our Action Center and has become a leading voice in online rights debates.

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