internet
John Perry Barlow, EFF Cofounder and Author of 1996 Cyberspace Manifesto, Dies at 70

John Perry Barlow, cofounder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and author of the 1996 manifesto, A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace, has died. He was 70 years old. Read More >>

cryptocurrency
An Anonymous Bitcoin Millionaire Is Donating Their Fortune to Charities and It Seems Legit

The unnamed donor has set up a fund to hand out $86 million (£64.5 million) worth of Bitcoin to various charities, and they’ve already started listing the donations and providing receipts. If this whole thing works out, you can just call this mystery person the Bitcoin Bill Gates. Read More >>

law
Now, Silicon Valley is Totally Cool With a Bill That Could Ruin the Internet 

Silicon Valley has decided to throw its support behind the so-called Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017 (SESTA) that is sure to have enormously damaging consequences for the internet. Previously, most big tech giants opposed the legislation. But this week, Congress started intimating that they might need to bring more regulations to tame the online beast. And suddenly, that one bill wasn’t looking so bad. Read More >>

piracy
MP3 Stream Ripping Websites are Not Illegal, EFF Tells US Government

Ever since YouTube launched people have used it to host music, which rights holders tended not to be happy with. Then sites appeared that let people rip that music without the accompanying video, which rights holders were furious about. They've been doing everything they can to shut them down, including team up with the US government - something digital rights group EFF aren't too happy about. Read More >>

kodi
The EFF Has Weighed in on the Battle Against Kodi Piracy

There has been an explosion of public awareness of Kodi over the past year or so. Part of this is down to the fact that the sale of so-called 'fully-loaded' Kodi boxes (that enable easy access to pirate streams), and the increase in press coverage. But following some highly publicised court battles here, in Europe, and in North America, the EFF has weighed in on the whole issue. Read More >>

privacy
US Justice Department Drops Request for IP Addresses of 1.3 Million Visitors to Anti-Trump Site

The US Department of Justice is rescinding its request for IP logs that would have revealed visitors to a website used to plan a protest during Donald Trump’s inauguration. Read More >>

digital rights
DOJ Demands Troves of Data About Visitors to Anti-Trump Website

A web hosting provider has revealed the US Justice Department’s efforts to obtain records about an activist website established to coordinate “mass protests to shut down the inauguration of Donald Trump.” Read More >>

gaming
Preserving Video Games: Another Thing Copyright Authorities are Failing At

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act is a fundamental piece of US legislation underpinning digital rights. It’s also woefully broken, with its wide-reaching language being used to strong-arm researchers and make tinkering with your own smartphone illegal. The latest trick? Screwing over anyone who wants to preserve video games. Read More >>

apps
EFF Flounces Out of iOS Over “Outrageous” Developer Demands

The online rights campaigners at the Electronic Frontier Foundation have decided against releasing their app on iOS, after complaining that Apple's developer restrictions contain "outrageous terms" and they can't agree to the DRM specifications. Read More >>

humour
Here’s a Festive Crossword About 2014’s IP and Copyright News

Over the last 12 months, IP spectators saw a lot of action in the arena of copyright and related law. We would tell you all about it, but that would be cheating. Read More >>

privacy
Even a Golden Key Can be Stolen: Inside Apple’s Encryption Decision

Since Apple first announced three weeks ago that it was expanding the scope of what types of data would be encrypted on devices running iOS 8, law enforcement has been ablaze with indignation. When Google followed suit and announced that Android L would also come with encryption on by default, it only added fuel to the fire. Read More >>