On This Day: October 16th

FORTRAN is released and President Bill Clinton signs the Web Copyright Act. All on today’s On This Day from TEST Huddle.


1956 – FORTRAN is releasedFortran

The first high-level programming language, FORTRAN, was released by an IBM team lead by John W. Backus



1998 – Digital Millennium Copyright Actdmca

On this day in 1998, the Web Copyright Act was passed into law by the U.S. Senate.  The act, which was designed to address piracy, made the infringement of intellectual property and included penalties for infringement between $100,000 and $250,000, as well as including up to three years in prison and six years in prison for a second violation. Since it enactment, there has been widespread criticism of its use and a number of high profile cases have resulted out of the Act.




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