This Week In Techdirt History: May 8th – 14th


from the so-that’s-what-happened dept

5 Years In the past

This week in 2017, Europe was placing free speech in danger because it struggled to determine what to do with the GDPR, however stateside the massive combat was over web neutrality. A John Oliver section on the problem appeared to cripple the FCC web site for a second time, however the company claimed it was really on account of a DDoS assault — and then individuals seen that a bot was flooding the web site with anti-net neutrality feedback. On the similar time, the FCC was utilizing rubbish lobbyist knowledge to defend its stance.

This was additionally the week that Donald Trump fired James Comey, and that we wrote about the primary listening to and the continued filings within the lawsuit in opposition to us.

Ten Years In the past

This week in 2012, the jury within the Google-Oracle trial was very confused, Twitter was difficult a court docket ruling saying customers haven’t any standing to guard their very own account data, Verizon was equally preventing for client privateness however on this case in opposition to copyright shakedown makes an attempt, and a key ruling about copyright termination rights steered massive hassle is perhaps coming for file labels. The TPP was falling aside whereas the USTR was insulting the intelligence of its critics, MP3Tunes declared chapter within the face of authorized prices, and Excellent 10’s case in opposition to Google was dismissed (in the identical week it filed a brand new one in opposition to Tumblr).

Fifteen Years In the past

This week in 2007, NBC was nonetheless in a love-hate relationship with YouTube, Thailand was extra firmly on the hate aspect and adopted up its YouTube blocking order with plans for a lawsuit (and passing new laws to permit much more website blocking), and Australia extradited the pinnacle of a software program copying ring to the US. Uri Geller was abusing the DMCA and submitting lawsuits to silence critics, whereas we famous how bogus DMCA complaints could be a technique to generate publicity. And as bloggers have been starting to face extra authorized threats, we reminded them that they will profit from anti-SLAPP legal guidelines.

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