Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Need A Baby Shower Present? Here's Sushi Baby!

Need a baby shower present?  How about an infant wrap that makes the baby look like a piece of sushi?  From the product description:
Wee Wasabi
From their sweet rosy cheeks to their delectable little toes, you know your baby looks good enough to eat, and now he or she can dress the part with this chopsticks-ready rendition of swaddling clothes. Offering the whole bento box, this swaddling set offers soft layers of stretchy and breathable fabric to hold your little sashimi. A matching hat provides the perfect roe-inspired topping, bringing ample fodder for laughs during the baby shower. Made in Los Angeles.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

My Latest EFF Amicus Brief: Google Books Appeal

Last Thursday, EFF filed the latest amicus brief on which I worked, in The Authors Guild v. Google appeal.  EFF's blog post about the brief is here.

In this long-running lawsuit, The Authors Guild seeks to shut down the Google Books search engine.  The district judge held that Google's scanning of books to create a search engine was fair use.  The Guild has appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  Our amicus brief asks the Court to affirm the finding of fair use, and to confirm that fair use can apply to new technologies that use copyrighted works with a new and different purpose that doesn't substitute for the original works.  

Friday, June 27, 2014

Pfizer Extends The Life Of Patents

"Pfizer announced a new breakthrough Friday that vastly extends the lifespan of near-death patents." You have to read this carefully.  Because "nothing causes Pfizer officials more distress than seeing a once robust patent expire at a young age, a “terrible tragedy” that allows dozens of generic manufacturers to copy it and offer pharmaceuticals to customers far more cheaply."

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The 35 Dumbest Things That Have Ever Happened

35 things that are probably made up.  Some examples:

"I want my first daughter to be a girl"
"Somebody tried to tell me there was 50 states in America.  Nuh cause the scientists found out that Pluto don't exist.  We got 49."
"Does it take 18 months for twins to be born?  Or 9?"