This Week in Techdirt History: July 3-9


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Five years ago

This week in 2017, the NSA continued to dodge questions about “accidental harvesting” while trying to recover one of its surveillance programs, and Twitter was able to move forward in its First Amendment lawsuit over NSL reporting limitations. The House Appropriation Committee demolished Hollywood’s arguments to move the Copyright Office out of the Library of Congress, the State Department enlisted Hollywood to help create a fake Twitter fight over intellectual property , and we were disappointed to see Tim Berners-Lee officially supporting the addition of DRM to the HTML standard. Meanwhile, Bob Murray was trying to silence John Oliver while HBO moved the lawsuit to federal court.

Ten years ago

This week in 2012, Congress was even less curious about domestic NSA spying, while Twitter followed in Google’s footsteps and launched its own transparency report. Verizon made a bizarre constitutional argument against net neutrality rules, while Ron and Rand Paul said crazy things both about net neutrality and the public domain. ACTA supporters in Europe fought to the bitter end, but the European Parliament rejected the deal in a landslide. And, for now, Charles Carreon has stopped digging and dismissed his lawsuit against Matthew Inman (while declaring “victory”).

Fifteen years ago

This week in 2007, the NFL was playing the game of trying to dictate how fairly long music videos could be used, Universal threatened to pull its music from the iTunes Store, and Russia shut down Allofmp3. The MPAA and RIAA were always up to their dirty investigative tricks, and the legal issue of embedding infringing YouTube videos surfaced. Also, at the time, Wikipedia was still so widely maligned that it was interesting to note that the New York Times simply took a neutral position on it.

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