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Thursday 2 April 2009

More4 News presenter attacked live on air following G20 protests

Last night as Alex Thomson presented More4 News live from the City, a man pushed his way in front of the camera. (more…)


Filed under: Photography,Politics,The media,TV & film,Video-making — GS @ 10:24 am
Wednesday 1 April 2009

Guardian gives up print publication to become twitter-only service

In a ground-breaking move UK national newspaper The Guardian is to give up 188 years of ink and paper in favour of publishing its stories by Twitter. Experts believe that all news stories can be told within the 140 characters allowed by the social-networking phenomenon.

The Guardian will also make available its mammoth archive in the form of ‘tweets’ which will allow readers to get straight to the ‘meat’ of the story. Some examples:

“1832 Reform Act gives voting rights to one in five adult males yay!!!”;

“OMG Hitler invades Poland, allies declare war see tinyurl.com/b5x6e for more”;

and

“JFK assassin8d @ Dallas, def. heard second gunshot from grassy knoll WTF?”

Guardian correspondent Rio Palof has more on this unbelievable development.


Filed under: The media — GS @ 12:20 am
Wednesday 18 March 2009

Speaker of the US House of Representatives infringes rights of music composer

Incompetech.com is a wonderful website that offers hundreds of original music tracks for free use. Most are released under a Creative Commons licence (a few are now in the public domain) and the only stipulation is that you must include a credit for the composer: Kevin MacLeod.

It isn’t a lot to ask. But still some people can’t be bothered.

Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, is one of a list of people who have used a track, but give no credit. Her video Capitol Cat Cam, which uses the music track ‘Scheming Weasel’, has been watched on YouTube more than 325,000 times.

In his blog, Kevin MacLeod puts a brave face on the situation. But I say it is absolutely disgraceful that even people in government show this blatant disregard for creative people and their work. They should set an example.

I hope this won’t deter Mr MacLeod. Some of us appreciate his generosity and music.


Filed under: Net & technology,The media,Video-making — GS @ 1:27 pm
Saturday 1 November 2008

Does PETA know about Russell Brand’s sick stage act involving dead animals?

Sacked Former Radio 2 presenter Russell Brand appears on the cover of the latest edition of a vegetarian starter kit that is produced by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The Guardian reports that PETA has refused to replace him in response to angry calls and emails following the BBC obscene ‘phone calls scandal.

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Filed under: Politics,The media — GS @ 12:59 pm
Sunday 20 April 2008

Protest by Chinese students, Manchester (video)

More than 1000 people protested about Western media coverage of the Beijing Olympics and Tibet. After a two-hour demonstration outside the BBC, they marched up Oxford Street to Manchester Town Hall.

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Filed under: Manchester,Politics,The media,With video — GS @ 7:29 pm
Thursday 3 January 2008

Possible guide to fees for ‘user generated content’?

Here’s a figure to keep in mind if a TV producer asks to use your photo or video.

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Filed under: The media — GS @ 2:12 am
Tuesday 18 December 2007

Guardian up to its old tricks with photographic competitions and copyright

Back in April I highlighted how the Guardian, Hewlett Packard and Lonely Planet were grabbing a ‘worldwide irrevocable perpetual licence’ in entries to a photographic competition they were running.

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Filed under: Photography,The media — GS @ 5:39 am
 
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