This Week in Techdirt History: June 12-18

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from the-saga-continues department

Five years ago

This week in 2017, as Diane Feinstein called for reforms to Section 702 and the EFF sued the FBI for withholding NSL guidance documents, British Prime Minister Theresa May tried to press ahead with plans aimed at killing encryption, she and French President Emmanuel Macron were both supportive of internet censorship, and Australia’s attorney general said people would be okay with encryption backdoors. And of course, James Clapper said that backdoors would be safe if nerds settled for tougher nerds.

Ten years ago

This week in 2012, there was a petition calling on the White House to stop illegally seizing and shutting down websites, as many people remarked on how outrageous the US lawsuit against Megaupload was. The UK released its famous ‘snooper’s charter’, while Senators Wyden and Udall blocked FISA’s amendments. But there’s another story you might remember the most: Image aggregation site Funnyjunk threatened The Oatmeal and Matthew Inman with a libel suit, casting attorney Charles Carreon as the main character. of the Internet practically overnight, which led to Carreon going on a rampage and doubling down. And as you probably know, the saga wasn’t over yet.

Fifteen years ago

This week in 2007, Google was pressing a new antitrust case against Microsoft, while also embroiled in an ongoing fight with eBay. Special interest groups were doing everything in their power to block moves toward patent reform, while Congress was really exposing its lack of concern for the citizens it is supposed to represent. Meanwhile, AT&T decided to waste money trying to filter out copyrighted content, the MPAA and RIAA followed the creation of the Copyright Alliance by creating another lobby group, and we we wondered why many in the press still considered it worth having a movie available on P2P networks.

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