This Week in Techdirt History: July 19-25


from the-wheel-of-time department

Five years ago

While there’s no joy in thinking about the Supreme Court right now, it offered a mixed bag of rulings this week in 2017 worth noting: It reminded the government that hate speech is Protected 1A, she refused to hear Dancing Baby’s copyright case despite the government’s admission of a “serious legal error” it made it even harder to sue federal officials for infringement rights, and he ruled that you can’t just completely ban people from the internet (which posed a problem for Hollywood’s plans). Meanwhile, it was also the week that coal CEO Bob Murray threatened John Oliver with a lawsuit, then quickly followed through with an even dumber-than-expected dossier.

Ten years ago

This week in 2012 we saw another final push for ACTA, a leaked TPP proposal exposing US plans to give huge power to multinational corporations, and yet another proposal to extend copyright to the UK. -United. But the most memorable incident was the continuation of the saga of Charles Carreon and The Oatmeal: Carreon’s full legal filing revealed all sorts of craziness, then he doubled down insanely on promising to sue Twitter and Ars Technica to track down a parody account mocking him.

Fifteen years ago

This week in 2007, NBC was trying to get the FCC to force ISPs to monitor their networks for copyright infringement, we wondered why the entertainment industry had to decide if DVD copying was legal, and a terrible Australian defamation decision was a big success for the restaurant reviewers. We got another glimpse into the fraudulent practices of printer and ink vendors, and watched the growing popularity of webcam-based anti-cheat systems for students taking online tests. Meanwhile, lest you forget and think this is a new problem, broadband providers have been fighting pressure from the FCC to collect better data on broadband availability.

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