Daniel is a Staff Attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He is part of EFF's intellectual property team and focuses on substantive patent reform. Before joining EFF, Daniel was a Residential Fellow at Stanford Law School's Center for Internet & Society where he represented writers, painters, filmmakers, and others who rely on fair use to create their art and scholarship.
Daniel previously practiced at Keker & Van Nest, LLP, where he represented technology clients in patent and antitrust litigation. He served as a law clerk to Justice Susan Kenny of the Federal Court of Australia and to Judge William K. Sessions, III of the District of Vermont. Daniel has a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Western Australia, an M.A. in philosophy from Rutgers, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.
Patent trolls — companies that assert patents as a business model instead of creating products — have been in the news lately. This is hardly surprising, given that troll lawsuits now make up the majority of new patent cases. And the litigation is only the tip of the iceberg: patent trolls send out hundreds of demand letters for each suit filed in court. At the Electronic Frontier Foundation, we have been following this issue closely and are working hard to bring reform to fix the patent mess. Read more » about Trolls and Tribulations
Last week's decision in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust -- upholding the Mass Digitization Project (MPD) -- was a big victory for fair use. The MDP is a project where university libraries and Google have together digitized over 10 million books to allow for full-text searches, preservation, and access for people with print disabilities. When the Authors Guild sued for copyright infringement, HathiTrust defended the suit by arguing that the MDP is fair use.
Judge Baer upheld the MDP. His decision recognizes that the project is a massive public good: it is a tool for scholarship, prevents the loss of our cultural heritage, and provides unparalleled access for the visually impaired. Significantly, he found that these educational purposes are "transformational" in a way that supports fair use. Read more » about Fair Use Prospers on Campus
The Australian government has proposed sweeping changes to its surveillance and national security laws. The government’s wish list includes mandatory data retention, surveillance of social networks, criminalization of encryption, and lower thresholds for warrants. As it seeks to expand its surveillance powers, the government also wants to dilute oversight by jettisoning record-keeping requirements. This week I submitted detailed comments opposing the changes to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Intelligence and Security. Read more » about Australia Moves To Massively Expand Internet Surveillance
We filed an amicus brief in the Second Circuit on behalf of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts urging the appeals court to reverse a district court decision that ignored established fair use principles that many artists rely upon in creating their work. Read more » about Cariou v. Prince
The FUP filed this suit on behalf of a University of Denver conductor and others, challenging Congress’s restoration of copyright to works that had entered the public domain. Read more » about Golan v. Holder
Amicus brief filed in the Second Circuit on behalf of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts urging the appeals court to reverse a district court decision that ignored established fair use principles that many artists rely upon in creating their work. Read more » about Cariou v. Prince - Amicus Brief
The Freedom Feens first interview Daniel Nazer of the Electronic Frontier Foundation about how they fight the good fight, and what it feels like to be David to the Goliath of the NSA.
Listen to interview on the Freedom Feen website. Read more » about Interviews About Disruptive Innovation with Daniel Nazer of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Cody Wilson the Printable Gun Guy
The EFF has already sent a response to Canonical, in a letter from EFF Staff Attorney Daniel Nazer. "While we appreciate the polite tone of your letter, we must inform you that your request is not supported by trademark law and interferes with protected speech," the letter says. "The website criticizes Canonical Limited for certain features of Ubuntu that Mr. Lee believes undermine user privacy and teaches users how to fix these problems. Read more » about Canonical “abused trademark law” to target a site critical of Ubuntu privacy
"Daniel Nazer of the Electronic Frontier Foundation gets on the phone to update everyone on the latest news regarding the fight to save podcasting from patent trolls." Read more » about Episode 434 - Moon Zappa
"That McFarland teen Heather Traska has loved Disney for years sparkles in every frame of her videos, popular mash-ups of "Tangled," "The Lion King" and "Aladdin" with unique a cappella accompaniment and elaborate costumes.
But could that devotion have led her to an unwitting crime? According to copyright lawyer Daniel Nazer at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, it's possible." Read more » about Can a loving homage to Disney be a crime? Copyright law says maybe
""It's a terrible patent," says Daniel Nazer, a staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation and its exemplary Patent Busting Project. "It's a classic example of the patent office not doing a good job."" Read more » about EFF patent lawyer rates lawyer-rating patent ‘terrible’
Daniel Nazer Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Jonathan Blavin Partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson
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Program 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Read more » about Recent Issues and Challenges in Video and Social Gaming Law