This Week in Techdirt History: June 5-11


from oh-the-memories department

Five years ago

This week in 2017, the Sixth Circuit was the latest court to say that real-time cellphone location tracking isn’t a Fourth Amendment issue, and the Supreme Court finally decided to take up the matter. . Tom Cotton introduced a bill to renew oversight of Section 702 forever, just as Congress was getting angry enough with the intelligence community for not revealing how many Americans were being spied on. In the UK, Theresa May blamed the internet for the London Bridge attack and introduced a regulatory plan that would not stop terrorism and could make matters worse, especially since the attackers were well known to authorities and that strong encryption was not the problem. Also, surprisingly, the Monkey Selfie case kept getting weirder and weirder.

Ten years ago

This week in 2012, the White House offered a weak response to a petition against ACTA, as Hollywood held meetings where it still didn’t understand how important the ‘copyright stakeholder’ category was. wide. It was also during this time that Hollywood’s tendency to bend over backwards to appease China gained momentum. Meanwhile, China increased fines for copyright infringement, the Obama administration defended senseless penalties in the Jammie Thomas-Rasset case, Germany increased its media copyrights to semiconductors and Eric Holder did not explain why the DOJ censored a hip-hop blog.

Fifteen years ago

This week in 2007, we looked at the growing market for selling discovered security vulnerabilities. More and more people were noticing how ‘free trade’ was often a mask for content industry protectionism, Canada got a new anti-camcorder bill and a court gave Carol Burnett a lesson on parody in his lawsuit against the producers of family guy. Additionally, the courts were beginning to realize that lifetime internet bans were unreasonable penalties.

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