This day in history

2004, 2009, 2014, 2019.

Cory Doctorow
2 min readMar 3, 2024

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A yellow rectangle. On the left, in blue, are the words ‘Cory Doctorow.’ On the right, in black, is ‘The Bezzle.’ Between them is the motif from the cover of *The Bezzle*: an escheresque impossible triangle. The center of the triangle is a barred, smaller triangle that imprisons a silhouetted male figure in a suit. Two other male silhouettes in suits run alongside the top edges of the triangle.

#20yrsago Database copyright: a stupid idea whose time hasn’t come https://www.wired.com/2004/03/hands-off-that-fact-is-mine/

#20yrsago How piracy repeatedly saved the entertainment industry https://www.wired.com/2004/03/lessig-2/

#20yrsago Eisner ousted from Disney’s Board https://www.nytimes.com/2004/03/04/business/defied-in-vote-disney-leader-loses-one-post.html

#20yrsago Worm-writers insulting each other in source-code comments https://web.archive.org/web/20040619024113/http://www.vnunet.com/news/1153225

#15yrsago Christian salt, a wingnut alternative to Kosher salt https://web.archive.org/web/20090302152904/http://www.examiner.com/a-1873794~Christian_salt_seller_hopes_to_shake_up_market.html

#15yrsago Cult of Done Manifesto: a name for my disease https://medium.com/@bre/the-cult-of-done-manifesto-724ca1c2ff13

#15yrsago EFF launches “Surveillance Self Defense” — comprehensive guide to blocking govt snooping https://ssd.eff.org

#15yrsago In Praise of the Sales Force: the stuff a publisher does for an author that the Internet can’t replace https://www.locusmag.com/Features/2009/03/cory-doctorow-in-praise-of-sales-force.html

#15yrsago Manchester man arrested for alleged sewer-grate photography, held as a terrorist https://pinacnews.com/index.php/2009/03/10/uk-police-arrest-man-for-photography-even-though-he-didnt-take-photos/

#10yrsago Full NHS hospital records uploaded to Google servers, “infinitely worse” story to come https://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/mar/03/nhs-england-patient-data-google-servers

#10yrsago Cold Equations and Moral Hazard: science fiction considered harmful to the future https://locusmag.com/2014/03/cory-doctorow-cold-equations-and-moral-hazard/

#5yrsago Record label censors copyright lawyers’ site by falsely claiming it infringes copyright https://torrentfreak.com/record-label-targets-copyright-experts-with-bogus-takedown-request/

#5yrsago Google says it won’t remove Saudi government app that lets men track and monitor their wives and domestic employees https://www.businessinsider.com/absher-google-refuses-to-remove-saudi-govt-app-that-tracks-women-2019-3

#5yrsago The FAIR Act will end forced arbitration for employment, consumer, antitrust and civil rights disputes https://thinkprogress.org/lawmakers-declare-war-on-the-biggest-civil-rights-problem-youve-probably-never-heard-of-eaf3b5459034/

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