This Week in Techdirt History: July 10-16

from the annals department

Five years ago

This week in 2017, as new research shed light on the dire state of broadband access in the United States, many people were gearing up for a day of net neutrality protests. After long resisting, Facebook and Google finally joined, followed by AT&T’s laughable decision to get on board, though most of the telecom industry feebly tried to deflate the protest with its own think tank campaign. But the FCC said it couldn’t do anything about the many false comments submitted on the subject.

Ten years ago

This week in 2012, Peter Sunde of The Pirate Bay explained why his conviction was a farce, while Megaupload’s extradition hearing was postponed (although Kim Dotcom offered to come to the US voluntarily if the DOJ released his funds for a legal defense). Lamar Smith was trying to sneak through SOPA in pieces, more than 90,000 people signed a petition expressing their concerns about TPP, and Mexico became the latest country to show signs that ACTA was dead in the water. Meanwhile, a judge dismissed a key argument Universal Misc made in its legal fight with Grooveshark, and Aereo won a quick victory against the broadcasters (although none of those stories ultimately had a happy ending).

Fifteen years ago

This week in 2007, the blogging world provided a testing ground for alternatives to closed academic journals, Microsoft seemed to be gaining ground in the research wars, and things got off to a bad start for AMD following its acquisition of ATI. Sony BMG was suing a supplier of some of the technology over its disastrous DRM rootkit, while we examined how AACS was just as bad and useless as any other DRM. And another unnecessary lawsuit for the copyright of Perfect 10 was shot down.

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