Tag: slacktivism

  • BBC investigates Richard Madeley’s PC panic attack

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    Richard Madeley told the nation how the Government was going to whisk away his computer last week. The BBC has promised to investigate.

    The segment on Monday’s Simon Mayo drive time heard Madeley, who is filling in for Mayo, say:

    “What a pain! I only got computer literate three years ago, just as I get wised up to it, they take it away.”

    We don’t yet know how many car accidents were caused by the news of mass confiscations.

    Madeley … Read More

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  • TalkTalk, ORG see cash from Mandybill chaos

    TalkTalk, ORG see cash from Mandybill chaos

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    Never let the facts, or taste, get in the way of a marketing campaign, we say.

    TalkTalk boldly promised today to fight disconnection requests in court, at least until after the election. Carphone Warehouse strategy director Andrew Heaney made the pledge on his blog.

    The fact that ISPs don’t get any disconnection requests, and if they did, they would (rightly) throw them in the bin along with other junk mail, isn’t mentioned. Such a request would currently have the … Read More

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  • Kumbaya is not a legal defence

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    Maybe photographers have a guardian angel, after all. The Stop 43 campaign to throw out the orphan works clause may be the only part of the vast Digital Economy Bill where activists have achieved their goal – rather than made things worse. With the Tories pledging to drop the clause, it’s unlikely to survive the wash-up – although we won’t know for sure until very late tonight.

    Eleventh-hour validation for the photographers came thanks to Labour’s obsession with Web 2.0 … Read More

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  • P2P study: crackdown is bad for business

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    A study of P2P music exchanges to be revealed this week suggests that the ailing music business is shunning a lucrative lifeline by refusing to license the activity for money.

    Entitled “The Long Tail of P2P”, the study by Will Page of performing rights society PRS For Music and Eric Garland of P2P research outfit Big Champagne will be aired at The Great Escape music convention tomorrow. It’s a follow-up to Page’s study last year which helped debunk the mythRead More

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  • Charlie Nesson’s trip

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    L.S.and D.

    Has Charlie Nesson been at the magic mushrooms again? The hippy head of the Berkman Center, the influential New Age techno-utopian think tank that’s attached to Harvard Law School, wants to enlist Radiohead in his fight against the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

    Nesson, a long-time opponent of creator’s digital rights, is contesting the statutory damages in infringement cases. A Boston graduate student called Joel Tenenbaum was ordered to reach a settlement with the record companies after being sued … Read More

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  • Pirate Bay’s neo-Nazi sugar daddy

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    The trial of the Pirate Bay operators in Sweden has generated huge amounts of media coverage. But one of the most interesting things about Pirate Bay hasn’t got a mention.

    In his daily dispatches for WiReD, court correspondent Oscar Schwartz swoons over the boyish charm of “likeable” and “winning” Pirate Bay PR guy Peter Sunde. But there seems to be something about Pirate Bay that no one wants you to read: its debt to one of the most notorious … Read More

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