EFF flips Bird the bird, says Boing Boing post doesn’t violate copyright law


People ride shared dockless electric scooters along Venice Beach on August 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

Enlarge / People ride shared dockless electric scooters along Venice Beach on August 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

According to a new letter published Friday by an Electronic Frontier Foundation lawyer, the scooter startup Bird significantly overstepped when it recently demanded that Boing Boing remove a post describing personal “conversion kits” that enable the removal of Bird’s proprietary hardware from a seized scooter.

The fracas began on December 8, 2018, when Cory Doctorow, the longtime Boing Boing writer and famed science fiction author, wrote a post entitled: “$30 plug-and-play kit converts a Bird scooter into a ‘personal scooter.'”

In it, Doctorow described the existence of kits that purport to allow someone to legally purchase an impounded Bird scooter and then alter it for personal use.

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Source:: Ars Technica

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