Monthly Archives: October 2009
Mozilla has said they won’t cave to Mediafire’s takedown request. This is so the right answer, and it’s what we expected from an organization as dedicated to defending the web as Mozilla (we just got a bit of a fright for a second there )
It’s also comforting that a second group of lawyers from an established organization (one with a lot more on the line than us) have looked into Mediafire’s cease and desist and consider it toothless.
Mediafire still could come after us directly. But I think with the press they’ve already generated, they’re realizing that the more they come after us, the more people will hear about Skipscreen, and love it. (Which also suggests a plan: the best way to defend Skipscreen is for all our supporters to spread the word in as many places as they can).
It’s a good day for Firefox extensions that push hard to put you in control of the web.
P.S. Thanks Jennifer Granick, Fred von Lohmann, Eva Galperin and everybody at EFF. You all are stars.
Mozilla gave us about 24 hours (until the end of the west-coast business day today) to respond to some questions about what SkipScreen does, or they said they would remove it from the directory. We’re working on this.
More news soon. In the meantime, read the takedown.
Meanwhile, in anticipation of a Mozilla takedown, furtive copies of SkipScreen began appearing on Mediafire
Another Update: EFF’s Fred von Lohmann has posted a legal analysis explaining why Mediafire’s claims are bogus and putting this in the context of a long running battle (one it’s important the public win). Yet again, the EFF rules.
Final Update: Skipscreen safe, for now!