Exploring the Domesday data

I was pretty excited to learn this week about Domesday Reloaded. The Domesday project aimed to take a snapshot of British life in 1986. 25 years on, the BBC are looking to update it to document the changes that have taken place since then. I have been interested in the Domesday project for a while. […]

A second opinion

A couple of tools have emerged in the run-up to the European elections. They aim to help people decide who they should vote for. This is nothing new — nowadays every election comes with its own similar tools. They are the cousins of Political Compass and the like. While they may not be totally scientific, […]

Muxtape: playlist nostalgia

By now you may have heard of a website called Muxtape. In a way, I’m surprised it hasn’t been shut down already. It’s probably the most blatantly illegal website since YouTube. Technically, I guess, you’re meant to own the copyright to everything you upload to the service. But of course that’s not what most people […]

Copyshite

There is a really interesting post about intellectual property and the woes facing the entertainment industry by James Graham. Given that I have been meaning to write about this issue for a long time, I may as well use this as the opportunity to finally get round to it. But first, a couple of notes […]

RIAA sues person with song in his head

RIAA sues family that doesn’t own a PC: A Rockmart family is being sued for illegal music file sharing, despite the fact that they don’t even own a computer. Via Boing Boing, where Cory Doctorow says: …this is probably more profitable in the long run than suing people who do share music, since those people […]

Free, legal music? Can’t be having that

The greed of some record companies never ceases to amaze. Surely the BBC offering — for a short period of time — free downloads of Beethoven’s symphonies must be a good thing? Oh no. According to the record companies, “it is devaluing the perceived value of music.” Actually, offering recordings of Beethoven’s symphonies is perfectly […]