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This Week In Techdirt History: February 18th - 24th

from the past-tense dept

Five Years Ago

This week in 2013, the Harlem Shake was still taking the world by storm, and serving as a great example of selective copyright enforcement. WIPO negotiations over access to copyrighted works for the disabled were, as usual, shrouded in secrecy, while an anti-piracy group was threatening the Pirate Party with criminal charges, the RIAA was moaning about Google's lack of an anti-piracy magic wand, and ISPs were gearing up to enact the Six Strikes program. On the other hand, the European Copyright Society was arguing against the idea that linking and framing are forms of infringement, a court tossed out an attempt to block CNET from offering BitTorrent downloads, and the CCIA was making the interesting argument that Germany should be on the Special 301 naughty list... for its attacks on fair use.

Ten Years Ago

This week in 2008, torrent users were fighting back against Comcast's traffic shaping program by amping up their encryption efforts, while Comcast was weakly defending the practice by rolling out non-experts. Australia joined the list of countries considering the idea of kicking file sharers off the internet (even as, the same week, they declared their previous $89-million internet filtering plan a failure). Meanwhile, nobody could actually explain why stopping file sharing is an ISP's responsibility — indeed, as the US freaked out about P2P, the EU was investing in it; and as ISPs were starting to insist they can't offer unlimited access, mobile operators were pivoting to do exactly that.

Fifteen Years Ago

This week in 2003, the Lexmark printer ink case was waking some people up to the DMCA's potential for abuse. The Turner Broadcasting chairman who called all TiVo users thieves was stepping down, while Hollywood was trying to recruit piracy informants, and Congress was trying to hash out a weak "compromise" on copyright. Meanwhile, the news arrived that Overture would be buying Alta Vista, in what appeared to be another nail in the erstwhile search giant's coffin — right around the same time that people were starting to seriously talk about the idea of a Google IPO (which would arrive the following year).


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    Anonymous Anonymous Coward (profile), 24 Feb 2018 @ 7:11pm

    Interesting postings

    Lawrence posts about links that lead to broken or sex links. I found some broken links, but no sex. Makes one wonder about what constitutes sex for some. It might be prurient, but I went looking for the sex to see what p2p-next might be bringing to our children (not that our children cannot find links to sex on their own). I didn't find it, but I did find some things I wouldn't click on.

    The other post is a long diatribe about... what they want to diatribe about, but has nothing to do with anything related to the history, but is actually related to the gun lobby. I do not care which version of the AR 15 you carry, nor do I care about how you decide to use it. The real question is... why do you post it here? What are you trying to tell us? Are you trying to change peoples minds about guns?

    If that is so, then you are going about it the wrong way. If you want to change my mind about guns, then tell me why they are good. There are some reasonable arguments as to hunting. There are some (and I mean some) arguments as to personal protection. And there are some arguments as to the need, at some point, to refresh the tree of liberty. I am not agreeing to nor endorsing any of these arguments, but some of them are in fact reasonable.

    I will be waiting.

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