This Week In Techdirt History: October 9th – 15th

from the as-it-ever-was dept

Five Years Back

This 7 days in 2017, a proposed monthly bill would have exempted Customs and Border Security from FOIA compliance until finally reporting on the challenge received the challenge mounted, the DOJ was battling against a FOIA lawsuit and arguing that not even the courts have any suitable to problem the administration’s managing of records, and the Treasury Division turned the newest governing administration entity to be accused of domestic spying. The Supreme Court docket still left some troubling CFAA rulings in put, whilst we observed the first filing of the lawsuit that has now hit SCOTUS concerning social media platforms and terrorist material. Also, this was the week that the New York Moments posted the horrifying story that would provide down Harvey Weinstein, and the now-disgraced movie mogul straight away threatened legal action.

Ten Several years Back

This 7 days in 2012, the New York Situations was taking on the broken patent procedure, including the revelation that the earlier calendar year Google and Apple experienced invested a lot more on patents than on investigation and progress. The RIAA’s most recent deployment of bogus math was to make the insane assert that there experienced been a 41% decline in the variety of musicians, even though copyright maximalists have been seeking to assert that the Google e-book scanning settlement was a major get for copyright, even as one more court docket was obtaining that reserve scanning was definitely truthful use. In the meantime, a British isles anti-piracy group was already complaining that the country’s new anti-piracy regulation did not go considerably more than enough, and Hollywood had its eyes on New Zealand exactly where it was wining and eating politicians to rally help for the TPP.

Fifteen Yrs In the past

This 7 days in 2007, victims of the Apple update that infamously bricked a bunch of iPhones submitted a class action lawsuit from the enterprise, while some frivolous-but-amusing lawsuits in opposition to Google were being immediately dismissed. Marshall, Texas was still generating its identify as the very best place to file patent lawsuits, even though we pointed out how phone calls to enhance the range of patent examiners would not take care of the broken process, and the entire patent reform struggle was descending into farce. This was also the 7 days that we saw the initial physical appearance of an superb sarcastic phrase for the different bogus legal assaults on ground breaking upstart companies: “felony interference with a business enterprise model”.

In The Beginning…

This week’s difficulty of Up To Date, the publication predecessor to Techdirt, went out on October 11th, 1997 with a lot of products including a large amount of stats about Home windows and a transient mention of the ongoing ’90s version of the crypto wars.

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