This Week In Techdirt History: May 1st – 7th

from the back-then dept

5 Years In the past

This week in 2017, the NSA was shutting down its 702 program, however with a complete lot of caveats and a few questionable statements, whereas the general public dump of the company’s hacking toolkit was inflicting privateness issues. In the meantime, James Comey was testifying in entrance of the Senate Judiciary Committee and hinting at expanded NSL powers and encryption backdoors, then following that up with some problematic concepts about journalism. This was additionally the week that Chris Dodd introduced he was “stepping down” from the MPAA.

Ten Years In the past

This week in 2012, the UK’s Excessive Court docket ordered ISPs to dam the Pirate Bay, main (in fact) to file site visitors for the positioning. Eric Goldman delivered a brutal evaluation of the case towards Megaupload, the USTR launched the most recent version of its foolish Particular 301 listing, and an excellent ruling from the EU Court docket of Justice mentioned software program performance shouldn’t be topic to copyright. In the meantime, 5 years earlier than he stepped down, Chris Dodd was busy rewriting the historical past of Hollywood to say it was all because of IP legal guidelines.

Fifteen Years In the past

This week in 2007, the Supreme Court docket made two good choices about patent regulation. Yahoo was following within the footsteps of Google’s buy of Doubleclick, whereas rumors mentioned Microsoft may be planning on doing the identical. Google formally responded to Viacom’s YouTube lawsuit, whereas the apparently jealous Premier League determined to file its personal lawsuit towards Google/YouTube. This was additionally the week that the Digg neighborhood famously rebelled over takedowns of the AACS HD-DVD encryption key.

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