Here in New Orleans, 2013 only has hours left to live. But as the clock winds down on a turbulent year, now is a great time to look back at the year that was so that, in a couple of days, we can do the same with the year that will be.
In many ways, 2013 felt like a “calm before the storm” kind of year. Though there was a lot going on and a long list of major copyright stories, there was no banner event like the SOPA/PIPA protests or the closure of Megaupload, both of which happened January 2012.
In 2013, it became clear that the issues everyone was fighting over in 2012 were nowhere near resolved and that the fights over copyright would be going on for a very long time and would be a truly global phenomenon.
Indeed, if there’s one single overarching theme in 2013, it’s probably “internationalization”. Where 2012 was very U.S.-centric for copyright news, Russia, Italy, China and the pacific rim nations have all been at the forefront of copyright news. While the U.S. has played a part in copyright news, most of the big battles have been fought in legislatures abroad.
But beyond internationalization, there are still several key themes to pull from 2013 and, though there are too many to list them all, here are seven of the more important ones that will likely continue to make their presence known for years to come.Continue Reading