Category: Commissions

  • How to copyright Michelangelo: Eicher

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    Commissioned as a Christmas special for 2007, this was a couple of years in the making.

    Some of the world’s greatest artworks are turning into copyrighted properties. Five hundred years ago, Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Today, those images are copyrighted. How can ancient cultural icons become commercial properties, centuries after they fall into the public domain?

    How this happened is a story that takes us from a Crusading Pope in the Borgias era, all the way to Bill … Read More

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  • Why we hate the modern mobile phone

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    Brendon McLean wrote to me with such a succinct summary of mobile phone angst, I invited him to elaborate. Read the result, How the mobile phone biz lost the plot, here.… Read More

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  • Truths, half-truths and Wikipedia: Tom Melly

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    Tom Melly, on the Wikification of the obituaries of his father, George Melly

    Wikipedia comes in for a fair amount of criticism these days from El Reg and other publications, but I can’t help wondering if we’re missing the real point regarding its status as an encyclopedia. Most of the arguments hinge on its accuracy, or lack of it. But if our criteria for an encyclopedia is a guarantee of 100 per cent accuracy, then there are no encyclopaedias now, … Read More

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