This Week in Techdirt Story: October 9-15

from the as-always-was division

5 years in the past

This week in 2017, a proposed invoice would have exempted Customs and Border Safety from FOIA compliance till reporting the problem solved the problemthe DOJ was combating a FOIA lawsuit and arguing that not even the courts have the right to question the handling of the records by the administrationand the Treasury Division grew to become the final authorities entity to be accused of domestic espionage. The Supreme Courtroom left some disturbing CFAA rulings in placewhereas we watched the preliminary submitting of the lawsuit that has now hit SCOTUS concerning social media platforms and terrorist content. Additionally, this was the week the New York Instances printed The creepy story that would bring down Harvey Weinsteinand the now-disgraced film mogul instantly threatened authorized motion.

Ten years in the past

This week in 2012, the New York Instances was take on the broken patent systemtogether with the revelation that the earlier 12 months Google and Apple had spent more on patents than on research and development. The RIAA’s newest show of pretend math was to make the loopy declare that there had been a 41% decrease in the number of musicianswhereas the copyright maximalists tried to assert that Google’s book scanning deal was a huge win for copyrighteven when one other court docket was figuring out that book scanning was obviously fair use. In the meantime, a UK anti-piracy group was already complaining that the country’s new anti-piracy law didn’t go far enoughand Hollywood had its eyes on New Zealand, the place it was win and dine politicians to rally support for the TPP.

Fifteen years in the past

This week in 2007, victims of the Apple replace that infamously bricked a bunch of iPhones filed a class action lawsuit against the companywhereas some frivolous however amusing lawsuits towards Google they were quickly fired. Marshall, Texas was nonetheless making a reputation for himself as the best place to file patent lawsuitsas we level out how calls to extend the variety of patent examiners wouldn’t fix the broken systemand the entire battle of patent reform was descending into farce. This was additionally the week that we noticed the primary look of a superb sarcastic phrase for the assorted bogus authorized assaults on progressive start-ups: “serious crime of interference with a business model”.

At first…

This week’s version of Updated, the predecessor publication of Techdirt, came out on October 11, 1997 with a number of parts together with a number of stats about Home windows and a quick point out of the continuing 90’s version of the crypto wars.

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