Timeline: The History of Digital Distribution

A key aspect of writing a history of digital distribution was dependant on the production of a timeline of events. The timeline incorporates the histories of various peer-to-peer networks with wider changes in the sphere of media and the law. The timeline is presented here for reference in two forms.


The timeline runs from 1997 to 2010 and where possible attempts to be accurate to the day. This unsurprisingly has produced a dense but unwieldy resource that is difficult to present. The PDF presents the timeline in its simplest form as a flat image which the reader can browse themselves.

Download the Timeline PDF

Interactive Timeline

This version of the timeline allows the reader to flick through the events chronologically, browse them as a list, or search for specific entries. It also provides the ability to click through to supporting documents that provide further event information where possible.

View the Interactive Timeline