This Week In Techdirt History: April 17th – 23rd

from the very same-as-it-at any time-was dept

Five Several years Ago

This 7 days in 2017, new CIA director Mike Pompeo went on a hypocritical rant about Wikileaks and absolutely free speech, the administration killed Open.Gov, and the DOJ boss was railing towards encryption. Tech firms had been preventing from Trump’s journey bans in two diverse courts, and Roku was getting into the lobbying planet to combat for internet neutrality. In the meantime, Google’s rumored move to construct an advertisement blocker into the Chrome browser was increasing unusual antitrust questions, while the famous Fearless Lady statue placed upcoming to the Wall Avenue Bull was increasing stupid copyright notions.

10 Yrs Back

This week in 2012, ACTA was edging closer to demise as its remaining EU supporters began pondering about rejecting it, and the Rapporteur’s advice was to scrap it and arrive up with a alternative (which it looked like G8 nations may presently be tough at get the job done on). The Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN was participating in whac-a-mole versus the Pirate Bay but not usually receiving its way in court. The Meguapload authorized fight was continuing, the API copyright fight among Google and Oracle was acquiring started out, and the legislative combat was on in excess of the awful cybersecurity bill CISPA. We also took a nearer glance at the extent of the revolving door concerning the federal government and the MPAA.

Fifteen A long time Ago

This week in 2007, Microsoft was demanding Google’s acquisition of DoubleClick on antitrust grounds, a decide rejected webcasters’ complains about new webcast royalty premiums, and Very clear Channel was staying incredibly hypocritical about media consolidation. An effort to present prior artwork on Verizon’s VoIP patents was transferring slowly and gradually, though a new patent reform work in Congress was missing the large image. Also: the FCC admitted it sucks at measuring broadband competitiveness, Jack Thompson settled his lawsuit with Take-Two Interactive, Sony’s DVD DRM was triggering issues, and (extensive right before the wire-slicing pattern was in total swing) Time Warner was relocating to lower its reliance on cable Tv.

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