In a lawsuit that the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) is bringing against book publishers for eBook price fixing, lawyers have been invited to submit amicus briefs for the court’s consideration. However, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote’s rejected attorney Bob Kohn’s twenty-five-page document, saying she would only accept a mere five. So Kohn did what no other lawyer has done: He submitted his brief in comic book form.
Last week, I wrote the first part of this article, about public interest groups that focus specifically on technology. I introduced Public Knowledge and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
As I said last week, “These public interest groups are in a constant battle to fight against laws that restrict our freedom or threaten our privacy, or to alter aged laws and policies that don’t keep current with rapidly evolving technology. Their victories—and there are many—have improved the lives of everyone who’s ever owned a tech toy.”
When I first encountered End User License Agreements (EULAs), I can honestly say I ignored them. After all, they were written in Legalese, a language I never learned. It was easy enough to click “I accept” and ignore it in the same way that I once ignored my father’s demand that I stop wearing a push-up bra.
Later I thought, “Wow, this bra is awfully revealing,” and “Maybe I should read this EULA, after all.”