* Under pressure from EFF and a broad, bipartisan coalition of organizations we led, the U.S. Forest Service announced that it would drop plans to block messages from web action centers.A reminder: EFF is a member-supported charity -- and you've got just over a week left to throw some money at a worthy charity before Uncle Sugar will take it away from you. Link
* The Dutch Supreme Court upheld a lower court decision protecting peer-to-peer software provider KaZaA from liability under Dutch law for copyright infringement by its users. EFF's Fred von Lohmann will argue a similar appeal in the MGM v. Grokster case in January, and while the European law is different, the decision provides a positive context within which to argue that the higher court should uphold our victory before the lower court last Spring.
* Finally, the DC Circuit ruled Friday to uphold Verizon's right to protect its customers' privacy from subpoenas issued by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). EFF helped lead a coalition of 44 privacy and consumer groups, plus a host of ISPs, in an amicus brief in support of Verizon.
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