So, browsing textfiles.com and came on an essay detailing, in simple terms, something of the history of copy protection and piracy in Ye Olden Days when a floppy disk was actually floppy. Unsure on how biased or not the article is given I know little of this ComputerFun magazine it was originally written for (and it's been dead probably almost since before I was alive.)
It's strange reading through these things. Files from a right near the conception and infancy of home computers, an era dominated by BBS's, and one that has themes and conflicts strikingly similar to what we've been dealing with recently. Then again I suppose it should since the conflicts of Infringement, Copy Protection, and Us Vs Them was forged.
I suppose the more things change the more they stay the same.