This Week In Techdirt History: May 14th – 20th
from the the-more-things-change dept
Five Years Ago
This week in 2012, a Microsoft-funded effort to disrupt BitTorrent was drawing scrutiny, EMI was gloating over the demise of MP3Tunes, and the MPAA was cheering on legal rulings against the Pirate Bay. Of course, one of those rulings was called into question when a Dutch judge’s connections to anti-piracy groups drew accusations of corruption, and one of TPB’s founders was taking the legal fight over a Swedish ruling to the EU courts. Meanwhile, protestors against the TPP were getting creative, Chile was threatening to drop out of the negotiations all together, Rep. Darrell Issa posted an old leaked version of the agreement for discussion, and the USTR was still attempting to claim that listening to people counts as “transparency”.
Ten Years Ago
This week in 2007, while the MPAA was making some curious changes to its opaque and esoteric ratings system, the RIAA was getting journalists to parrot its propaganda about its copyright shakedowns, and Microsoft was spreading unoriginal FUD about Linux infringing on its patents (prompting Sun to remind it that real companies don’t litigate, they innovate). Cinemas were lashing out at the idea of getting rid of movie release windows, CBS was learning why trying to build its own online video destination was a bad idea, and the latest update to AACS was cracked before it even hit the market. We also witnessed the birth of The Copyright Alliance at the hands of the RIAA, MPAA, Disney, Viacom and more.
Fifteen Years Ago
Sometimes — such as this week in 2002 — cracking CD protection was as easy as using a black marker or some electrical tape. Then again, other times the CD might lock up your iMac and force you to take it in for repairs. While the copyright world was discussing big, sweeping ideas like blanked licensing fees paid to ISPs and compulsory licenses for music downloads, the recently-announced Creative Commons was launching in earnest.
Also, you know that oft-mentioned fact about how everyone from Europe is descended from Charlemagne as a matter of mathematical inevitability? It was this week in 2002 that those numbers were first crunched.
One-Hundred And Fifteen Years Ago
Most of you are probably at least vaguely familiar with the Antikythera mechanism, an shockingly advanced astronomical calculator/analog computer from Ancient Greece. It was on May 17th, 1902 that the mechanism was discovered by an archaeologist examining the remnants of a ship, itself discovered on the sea floor two years earlier by sponge divers.
Comments on “This Week In Techdirt History: May 14th – 20th”
“Real Companies Don’t Litigate, They Innovate” ... From Sun!?
Ah, those were the days …
Re: “Real Companies Don’t Litigate, They Innovate” ... From Sun!?
It’s not unheard of for individuals and companies to turn to the dark side for the promise of easy money. Jordan Rushie used to defend victims of copyright trolls – then he started sympathizing with the likes of Malibu Media, explaining in comments to FCT how hard the likes of Nicoletti and Lipscomb really have it. Then he switched teams so he could harass IP addresses for fun and profit.
Until the law starts to crack down on such acts, we can expect to see more people and corporations go from innovation to litigation. There’s very little incentive not to do so.