This Week In Techdirt History: October 1st – 7th
from the stuff-that-happened dept
Five Years Ago
This week in 2012, as copyright trolls continued their war on open wi-fi, rightsholders in the EU sought new storage media levies for the cloud and US ISPs were gearing up to enact their “six strikes” plan, we were trying to kill the myth that the constitution guarantees copyright. Some people at least seemed to get it, with a high-profile EU Parliament Committee proposing the ability to create non-copyrighted content, a DOJ lawyer exploring the fact that copyright needs to change in the internet age, and Psy mega-amplifying his Gangnam Style fame by allowing anyone to use the song and video for anything.
Ten Years Ago
This week in 2007, it was expected and then confirmed that the RIAA would win its lawsuit against Jammie Thomas — even as we speculated that investors would soon force the RIAA to abandon its aggressive lawsuit strategy. In that trial, a Sony-BMG exec made some pretty absurd statements, around the same time that Viacom’s CEO gave a speech demonstrating that the company is wrong about almost everything related to the internet and modern media, and the president of the ESA was calling for lots more DRM. But at least one group of creators was experimenting: Radiohead announced the pay-what-you-want plans for their album In Rainbows.
Fifteen Years Ago
Even back in 2001 this week, Hollywood already had its hooks in the government (and was working hard on getting them into colleges too). The music industry was heavily on the offensive and sending misguided musicians to complain to the government about downloading. As Napster creator Shawn Fanning was giving interviews about the service’s demise (and even selling life story rights to MTV), the next generation of file sharing tools was starting to wonder if the “Betamax doctrine” would ever prove effective as a defense. Meanwhile, Congress was still considering an onerous and extreme DRM bill (which as we’ll see in a few weeks was eventually killed, surprisingly, by…. Senator Patrick Leahy, who is more recently known for introducing a terrible copyright bill).