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December 21, 2000: Child Internet Protection Act

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Childrens internet protection act

2000 - President Bill Clinton signs the Child Internet Protection Act into law. The law is implemented to set rules for the web to expose them to pornography and sexual content. In 2003 the law will be challenged, but will be upheld.

COPA required websites with “material harmful to minors”  to restrict their sites access with proof of age. “Material harmful to minors” was defined as material.  This included sexual acts or nudity.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for December 21

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October 16, 1923: Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio (Walt Disney Company)

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Walt Disney Company – Founded Oct 16, 1923

1923- 90 years ago, Walt and Roy Disney start what is known as the Walt Disney Company. It started as the Disney Brothers Cartoon studio. Walt Disney created a short film entitled Alice’s Wonderland.

In 1986, the name was officially changed to the Walt Disney Company. Steve Jobs was a shareholder and board member. Walt Disney Studios is one of the largest in Hollywood with networks ESPN, ABC, A&E and more.

This Day in Tech History podcast show notes for October 16

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  • FORTRAN is released
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July 20: Dark Knight Rises, Y2K Act Gives Government Protection

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July 20, 1999: Y2k bill signed into law

2012 – At the premier of the Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, CO. James Eagan Holmes opened fire in one of the theaters. Holmes killed 20 people and injured many. He is currently being evaluated for insanity with a court date of Feb 13, 2014.

In a step to protect companies from any post Y2K problems, in 1999, President Bill Clinton signs a bill into law protecting companies from legal action.

Today I have signed into law H.R. 775, the “Y2K Act.” This is extraordinary, time-limited legislation designed to deal with an exceptional and unique circumstance of national significance—the Y2K computer problem.

In signing this legislation, I act in the belief and with the expectation that companies in the high technology sector and throughout the American economy are serious in their remediation efforts and that such efforts will continue. Many have worked hard to identify the potential for Y2K failures among their systems and products, taken reasonable measures to inform those who might be injured from Y2K failures of steps they could take to avoid the harm, and fixed those systems and products, where feasible. If nonetheless there are significant failures or disruptions as we enter the Year 2000, plaintiffs will turn to the courts seeking compensation. Responsible companies fear that they will spend millions or more defending Y2K suits, even if they bear little or no responsibility for the harm alleged. Frivolous litigation could burden our courts and delay relief for those with legitimate claims. Firms whose productivity is central to our economy could be distracted by the defense of unwarranted lawsuits.

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June 30: Paperboy Incident with Atari

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Paperboy

1986 Mark Caesar and Robin Hallingstad sued Atari Games for $1 million dollars. Apparently, the boys (ages 14 and 16) submitted a game idea called “Paperboy” to Atari back in 1983. Paperboy is a popular game where the kid on a bike had to throw papers on the stoops of houses and avoid cars, cats, rc cars and guys with jackhammers. It had one sequel (Paperboy II) and was recreated for many of the game systems. In 2009, it was adapted for the iPhone and iPod

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