How Punk Won

Saturday, 12 May 2007

[Picture of caruso]THE music business is all but dead.

It didn’t really last all that long either — but it lasted a lot longer than anyone thought it would.

Although few will shed tears at its passing, as far as I can ascertain, the global music recording business began with a man crying! Read the rest of this entry »

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How Entertainment is a Rip Off

Saturday, 3 February 2007

[Picture of Vinyl LPs]ENTERTAINMENT is supposed to be fun, isn’t it? So where did it all go wrong?

I was recently amazed to discover that it is a copyright infringement to rip a CD that you own so that you can listen to it on an MP3 player. I just DARE the authorities to come and get me for this!

This is a moan about how much time and money I have been forced to spend over the years, and now, looking back, I don’t see that it was worthwhile; I seem to have given far more than I have received. It has been a struggle to keep up with technology: better quality, better formats, and so it has been going, until recently things have started to DIE — goodbye to the videocassette, cheerio to the floppy disc.

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How Words Manipulate

Friday, 5 January 2007

[Picture of The USA’s FBI Anti-Piracy logo]WORDS are abused these days – or perhaps I should state that we are being subliminally influenced by words chosen to secretly manipulate us.

To be clear, I am discussing the notion of copyright.

Everywhere today we see: “Piracy“… Read the rest of this entry »