The Good Samaritan

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Several bishops voted in the Lords last night to oppose the government’s welfare reform proposals. Here’s a story Jesus might have told, if he were sitting on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral this morning. A man was walking through the East End one evening when he was attacked by robbers who stole his wallet, …

Why David Aaronovitch is wrong about Wikipedia and SOPA

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Journalist David Aaronovitch has a full page opinion article in The Times today, which I can’t link to as it isn’t openly available online, in which he complains that “There’s nothing noble in this Wiki blackout”. Although the article is ostensibly about the decision by Wikipedia to join the anti-SOPA blackout, which he calls “self …

Study finds that filesharing is about convenience, not unwillingness to pay

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Courtesy of an article in El Reg, I discovered an interesting report prepared by US think-tank American Assembly and Columbia University. Rather drily titled “Copyright Infringement and Enforcement in the US“, it’s a summarised set of results from an extensive survey of the America public. Obviously, the US isn’t the UK and some of the …

Digital music sales soar in 2011. BPI sees glass as half empty.

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According to a press release from the BPI, sales of digital music rocketed in 2011: Adele’s 21 reaches 3.8m sales – the biggest-ever selling album in a single year. Fourth successive year of record singles sales, up 10.0% to 177.9m CD still accounts for a strong three-quarter share of UK album sales. Digital album sales …

Competing with free: The challenge for publishers in the digital age

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An article in today’s Sunday Times (sorry, no link due to the Murdoch anti-journalism paywall) is headlined “Pirates plunder ebooks trade”. As you might expect from the title, it’s all about how publishers are suffering from unauthorised downloads. This was always going to happen, of course, and the publishers are only experiencing what the music …