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5 Years In the past
This week in 2016, individuals have been grappling with James Comey’s shock last-minute announcement that the Clinton e-mail investigation was ongoing (and noting that it appeared to fly within the face of the FBI’s ban on investigation disclosures), adopted by the company all of a sudden leaking like a sieve and opening an inside investigation into one in every of its personal Twitter accounts. AT&T was making issues up in an try to get its Time Warner acquisition permitted, and Senator Wyden warned that the merger posed an enormous menace to internet neutrality. In the meantime, the copyright workplace screwed over 1000’s of websites by altering its DMCA registration insurance policies, YouTube lastly buried the hatchet with Germany’s GEMA, and the DOJ sued DirecTV over collusion on regional sports activities programming.
Ten Years In the past
This week in 2011, the combat was on over the ridiculously named E-PARASITE Act. We have been disenchanted to see GoDaddy help the invoice regardless of being a website devoted to theft beneath its definitions, and we have been under no circumstances shocked to see the US Chamber of Commerce make ridiculous arguments in favor. Many within the content material industries have been insisting that the invoice would not require rewriting the DMCA, despite the fact that its creator admitted that is the plan. Then the marketing campaign for help received actually determined: an astroturf group inflated the variety of letters supposedly despatched to Congress, Warner Bros. (which had simply introduced file earnings) began pleading poverty and asking individuals to help the invoice (a part of a sample with profitable rightsholding firms), and in some way the MPAA even dredged up meaningless help from firefighters. In the meantime, we highlighted the single greatest article explaining why the invoice was dangerous.
Fifteen Years In the past
This week in 2006, Common embarrassed itself when its legal professionals did not find out about its advertising and marketing plans and despatched cease-and-desist letters to followers taking part in a guerilla marketing campaign. It was additionally a giant week for abusing the DMCA, and we took a take a look at how takedowns have been used to silence critics and any content material somebody does not like. Following the massive deal between file labels and YouTube, we realized how the deal was structured such that they did not should share any of the cash with musicians, whereas a number of different creators have been beginning to ask questions on what they’d get out of business offers with YouTube. In the meantime, Google was getting an early begin on making offers to pay viral video creators.
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