This Week in Techdirt History: October 10-16

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Five years ago

This week in 2016, everyone was ecstatic about the infamous Trump Access Hollywood recording that dropped the previous Friday, and we learned how NBC delayed a story about it for fear of being sued – after everything, Trump revolved around legal threats to newspapers with savage abandon. At the same time, Charles Harder said he was no longer monitoring Gawker (although he still sent out requests for removal), but sent a threatening letter on behalf of Melania Trump. We also got more details on the recent wave of mock libel lawsuits used to block negative reviews.

Ten years ago

This week in 2011, German collection company GEMA demanded royalties for music to which it did not own the rights as the Pirate Party continued to gain support, garnering 9% of the vote nationwide in Germany. A Belgian court ordered the blocking of the wrong PirateBay domain, the UK government admitted it had no evidence of its plans for a draconian copyright law, and we wondered why the supporters of PROTECT IP didn’t couldn’t just admit the bill was about censorship (as Yahoo was quietly dropping the US Chamber of Commerce because of its extremist stance on PROTECT IP).

Fifteen years ago

This week in 2006, the big rumors of the previous week became official when Google acquired YouTube for $ 1.65 billion in Google stock, which of course led to all kinds of varied opinions on the news and to renewed interest from entertainment companies in threatening to sue. … and / or negotiate. Anti-video game crusader Jack Thompson somehow convinced a judge he should see the entire game Bully before he was released, only to see his hopes of declaring him a public nuisance quickly dashed. We were shocked to see a Disney executive actually admit that piracy is competition, baffled to hear a Sony Pictures UK executive say that getting rid of exit windows was ‘technically not possible’, and amused by see the Christian music industry start to make a fuss about piracy as a moral issue.

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