This week in Techdirt history. May 7-13

from how many ways department

Five years ago

This week in 2018, the Ministry of Defense sought yet another exemption from FOI requirements, while police dropped charges against a 19-year-old man who downloaded public documents from FOI portals. The FCC’s Ajit Pai celebrated as net neutrality got an official end date, while several companies responded to GDPR by blocking all EU users and AT&T continued its fight to overturn the FTC’s ruling on broadband monopolies for: In addition, we considered the dangers of copyright owners moving their enforcement efforts ahead of the technology bandwagon.

Ten years ago

This week in 2013, some sloppy copyright trolls are suing the same guy multiple times, the battle is over DRM in HTML5, and a broad coalition of stakeholders is calling for objective data and research on copyright reform. : Chile stated that it did not recognize the legality of the Special 301 report, while we noted that the report did not even mention Germany’s fair use violation. At the same time, Prenda was hit with a nice helping of poetic justice from Judge Otis Wright, which prompted John Steele to promise to appeal, start gossiping to the press and try to distance himself from the operation.

Fifteen years ago

This week in 2008, we wondered whether the fight over Psystar’s PCs might be a pivotal case for the enforcement of EULAs, and hoped that the courts would reject Blizzard’s attack on the first sale doctrine. TorrentSpy was ordered to pay a huge sum of money to the MPAA, and despite being out of business, committed to an appeal, while the MPAA and RIAA apparently denied DRM. We also looked at how YouTube is changing political accountability and the Happy Birthday copyright saga. Meanwhile, the House overwhelmingly passed the PRO IP bill.

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