This Week in Techdirt History: October 3-9

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Five years ago

This week in 2016, Trump’s campaign reacted to the leaked pages of his 1995 tax returns by threatening to sue the New York Times, and also reacting to some of the Clinton campaign ads by threatening to sue them as well – all At the time, the campaign faced its own fake threat from the Phoenix police over images of cops in an advertisement. The big story, however, was the revelation that Yahoo secretly built email analysis software under pressure from the federal government. This led virtually every other tech company to quickly deny doing the same, followed by Yahoo itself which issued a denial without denying the report. The media were very confused about the story, with the New York Times and Reuters claiming entirely different explanations for the analysis of the emails, and over the course of the week even more disagreement and confusion arose.

Ten years ago

This week in 2011, countries around the world signed ACTA and ultimately admitting that this meant they would have to change their copyright laws, while Brazil drafted its own anti-ACTA framework for the internet. The Supreme Court declined to review an appeals court ruling that properly reported music downloads are not public performances, although that does not mean (as some have claimed) that the download was legalized. Meanwhile, another judge dismissed a video streaming lawsuit, but mostly avoided the broader copyright issues, and we saw a set of good rulings against copyright trolls, and a bad one.

It was also the week Steve Jobs passed away at the age of 56.

Fifteen years ago

This week in 2006, Facebook began its future tradition of threatening people who make useful third-party tools. Amazon was abandoning its attempt to create an early version of something like Street View, and Wal-Mart was abandoning its much dumber attempt to offer a MySpace clone. The fight between Belgian news publishers and Google continued, while the fight for copyright on My Sharona hung out in Yahoo, Amazon and Apple. And the big news – even though it was still just a rumor with a lot of conflicting information circulating, which made it hard to tell if it was true – was that Google was planning to buy YouTube for $ 1.6 billion. of dollars.

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