This Week In Techdirt History: February 13th – 19th

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Five Years Ago

This week in 2017, Oracle filed its opening brief in its renewed attempt to overturn Google’s fair use win on Java APIs. The UK rolled out a “piracy alert system” that was mostly but not entirely benign, while politicians there were looking to follow up on the Snooper’s Charter with an even worse anti-whistleblowing law. In the US, things weren’t looking good for net neutrality between the opinions of FCC commissioners and the shifty activities of telco. Meanwhile, prosecutors and anti-sex-trafficking advocates were speaking out about the government’s treatment of Backpage, while a new report on encryption showed that its proliferation was not much of a problem for law enforcement.

Ten Years Ago

This week in 2012, there were mass protests against ACTA all across Europe. The European Parliament President criticized the agreement, and the EU official who resigned over it was detailing its many problems — but the EU Commission was trying to claim the widespread concerns were all based on ‘myths’, and lobby groups like the IFPI were claiming that the protests were anti-democratic. Meanwhile, US Senators were ramping up the fearmongering to push for a cybersecurity bill that they insisted was nothing like SOPA — but which also didn’t seem necessary.

Fifteen Years Ago

This week in 2007, we examined Universal Music’s ridiculous ‘settlement’ with small video sharing site Bolt, while Hollywood was expressing its ongoing displeasure with Google (as were some very confused Belgian newspapers). Broadcasters were making yet another attempt at anti-satellite radio legislation, sample troll Bridgeport Music won an unfortunate victory, and the RIAA was trying to get ISPs to help it hound customers into settling its lawsuits.

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