from the situations-a-transforming dept
5 Several years Back
This week in 2017, the thrust was on for encryption backdoors, with the DOJ rolling out some new and even even worse arguments at the fingers of the new Deputy Legal professional Normal, when the White House’s cybersecurity boss was using the tactic of contacting for backdoors even though refusing to really use the phrase. Massive ISPs were lobbying to protect against the development of much more correct broadband maps, when the GAO declared an investigation into the FCC’s doubtful statements about a DDoS assault. Copyright trolls were continuing to refine their methods, Trump’s attorneys were undertaking their finest to defend in opposition to the Initially Amendment lawsuit in excess of his Twitter blocking procedures, and we took a search at the chilling effects triggered by Gawker’s destruction.
10 A long time Ago
This 7 days in 2012, we appeared at some really outrageous figures about the state of the patent technique, like the simple fact that patent trolling functions represented 40% of all patent lawsuits, and how the smartphone patent thicket consisted of in excess of 250,000 patents or just one in six of all active patents. The notorious dancing newborn circumstance was likely again to courtroom, and we appeared at why it is pretty much extremely hard to get punished for bogus DMCA takedowns. Charles Carreon was nevertheless dishing out threats and intimidation, South Park was hit with a copyright lawsuit about an animated lollipop, and a textbook publisher took down 1.5 million teacher and university student weblogs with a single DMCA observe.
Fifteen Years In the past
This 7 days in 2007, the circuit court docket tossed out a ruling on the Roommates.com circumstance that would finally make it as a result of, and stands currently as a noteworthy limit on Portion 230, though Jammie Thomas appealed her modern loss from the RIAA on the grounds that the very high fines ended up unconstitutional (meanwhile, the RIAA was likely immediately after Usenet.com). A pretty unusual and about court docket ruling mentioned skipping commercials is copyright infringement, an additional court docket advised a application agency to end marketing a device for beating Ticketmaster’s ticket queue, and still one more court docket told Significant League Baseball the moment once again that it does not have points. We also saw the early phases of two quite massive improvements to major tech platforms: YouTube began employing the problematic program we now know as ContentID, and Apple introduced that it would before long start off allowing 3rd-bash builders into the App Retail outlet.
In The Beginning…
This 7 days is a further double-hitter for the Up To Date e-newsletter that would sooner or later grow to be Techdirt, with just one version heading out on October 16th, 1997 and yet another just a few of days later on on Oct 18th.
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