Ore. senator, others cited by digital-rights group

NEW YORK (AP) ? An Oregon senator who was behind a 1996 federal law that has made content-sharing services such as YouTube and Facebook possible is among three recipients of Pioneer Awards from a leading digital-rights group.

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., was co-author of a law that protects online service providers from legal liability for content produced by their users. Electronic Frontier Foundation also credits Wyden with recent efforts to block legislation deemed harmful to free speech.

The EFF will give the awards at a Nov. 15 ceremony in San Francisco. The award does not carry a cash prize.