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.
Of all the Republican candidates for president, Rick Santorum is the only one who makes me want to fling a copy of The Feminine Mystique at his head. Although he’s the darling of conservative women, his views on women’s equality, below, are about as quaint and old-fashioned as scurvy and lynching—not to mention bewildering, repulsive, and out of place in 21st century America. It seems Santorum wants to put us in a time machine and send us on a one-way trip to the 1950s, when men were men and women were girls.
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.”