class action settlement benefits schools, privacy rights groups
A subsidiary of Amazon.com settled several class action law suits in 2001, and money from the settlement is being awarded to seventeen different law schools and privacy rights groups.
One of the recipients is the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). To get an idea of what the EFF does, there's an excellent interview with Senior Intellectual Property Attorney Fred Von Lohmann on the pages of Techfocus. He covers a number of topics, including file sharing, copyright, and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, from the perspective of a copyright lawyer working towards a balanced approach to protecting intellectual property