This day in history

2007, 2012.

Cory Doctorow
2 min readSep 17, 2022


#15yrsago Karl Schroeder’s Ventus now a free CC download

#15yrsago Mozilla creating a foundation to improve email

#15yrsago Head of US copyright says “DMCA does what it is supposed to do”

#15yrsago NYTimes kills its paywall: “Google visitors make more dough than subscribers”

#10yrsago Scroogled: CC-licensed story about the day Google turned evil

#10yrsago Terrorists suck at terrorism

#10yrsago District Attorneys rent out their letterhead to debt collectors, split the shakedown loot

Cory Doctorow ( is a science fiction author, activist, and blogger. He has a podcast, a newsletter, a Twitter feed, a Mastodon feed, and a Tumblr feed. He was born in Canada, became a British citizen and now lives in Burbank, California. His latest nonfiction book is How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism. His latest novel for adults is Attack Surface. His latest short story collection is Radicalized. His latest picture book is Poesy the Monster Slayer. His latest YA novel is Pirate Cinema. His latest graphic novel is In Real Life. His forthcoming books include The Shakedown (with Rebecca Giblin), a book about artistic labor market and excessive buyer power; Red Team Blues, a noir thriller about cryptocurrency, corruption and money-laundering (Tor, 2023); and The Lost Cause, a utopian post-GND novel about truth and reconciliation with white nationalist militias (Tor, 2023).



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