Looking back to those we’ve lost

Love this tribute from TCM to the actors, directors, singers and creative people relating to the film industry we’ve lost in 2012 – great choice in music too (M83 – Wait). I think for me, Marvin Hamlisch, Hal David, Andy Williams, Andy Griffiths (for Face In The Crowd specifically), Larry Hagman, Nicol Williamson, Tony Scott, Gore Vidal especially and most recently Jack Klugman (who is too recent to be included here) are the big entertainment-related losses of 2012.

As the comments point out though, they missed Jerry Nelson, the puppeteer, and Donna Summer…who also were very sad and very surprising losses. (via Clifton Stubblefield)

Denial of Service

No not talking about Twitter (although I have to say, a site that depends on Javascript for deleting or posting but doesn’t disable it in the posts is incredibly negligent and stupid. I mean, security 101 here?!? And make your site not need Javascript too!) but that following the news that the film industry has been paying an Indian firm to do illegal DDOS (Denial of service attacks) against filesharing sites, 4chan and Anonymous have been hitting back and been taking down the Aiplex, MPAA and RIAA sites with the same attack. And BPI are targetted also.

Well you live by the sword…’Operation payback’ they call it. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of people. And nice to see Anon has moved on from the potentially dodgy Pedobear ComicCon fracas and into real action again…

And if you want a recent example of why the MPAA and such ACTA pushing organisations are teh evil, they seem to be pushing for UK-DEAct style firewalls to governments with the benefit that it could also block ‘damaging’ sites like Wikileaks. The hatred of Wikileaks is probably because the ACTA documents were leaked on the site in 2008 when they were trying to keep it all a secret- something they deny but interesting that very few definite facts about ACTA where known until I think it was Sweden published one of the documents under a FOIA Request for disclosure. Not exactly ‘public’ is that (file cabinets in disused lavatories with Beware of the Cheetah on the door come to mind)

Worrying, much? Dystopia here we come!

“analogue business model in a digital era”

I love this quote from Ed O’Brien from Radiohead, about to speak at MIDEM about Filesharing:

“I have a problem when people in the industry say ‘it’s killing the industry, it’s the thing that’s ripping us apart’. I don’t actually believe it is … (Pirates) might not buy an album, but they’re spending their money buying concert tickets, a t-shirt, whatever.

It’s an analogue business model in a digital era.
The business model has to change. You’ve got to license out more music – have more Spotifys, more websites selling more music. You’ve got to make it slightly cheaper to get music in order to compete with the peer-to-peers.”

Saw this via solobasssteve and Gigwise

He goes on to make a really pertinent point that with the shift to digital downloading, most 14-17 year olds don’t have a credit card – this surely must restrict them buying music, especially with the death of many record shops and death of the single as a physical format?

And when I wrote to Mandelson about this via my MP I pointed out the likes of Spotify (who will become centre stage when the US site launches, and when streaming is counted in the charts next year) and such licensing models as the way forward, not criminalising teenagers in the region of $640k for sharing 30 songs, for example.

The idea that the music and film industries are being damaged by filesharing is laughable now the film industry is on it’s record year out of several, which will go stratospheric with the likes of Avatar – and that in the music sphere whereas traditional records might be down, digital, PRS revenue and live are also having record profits – so the likes of ‘Sir’ [Make] Bono [History]* are pontificating as rich pop stars about the poor ickle independent artists, and the film industry is doing same…funny they didn’t seem to give a fig about those before, in fact seemed to want to make everything MegaCorp and kill all the indies.

I wonder what the indies think of such patronising twaddle?

* according to my friend Steve Mr Green-and-oh-so-caring Bono once left his hat behind on tour and flew it first class on Concorde to where the next gig was. What’s the carbon points for a super-sonic hat for a twat?


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