Heck, I just started a post with the Ranapia "W" word. Doctor!
Who! That is one hell of an irritating tic that needs to be strangled and thrown in a ditch. You should see me do it live, though -- there's a whole range of inflections from "just let me gather that last piece of wool" to "how the hell does something as brainless as you breathe without an iron lung?"
Now in a commercial TV or radio situation, I'd find that quite an understandable position..... but seeing as they are both state-run enterprises that are not strictly relying on ratings for revenue, that seems a little odd to me.
But the public broadcasting brand, Fletcher! Mr. Slack seems to have no problem going anywhere that will have him - from Radio New Zealand to Radio Live. But I guess we wasn't being groomed as Maggie Barry with with a willie... or something.
I'm on set at the moment, just about to do a rehearsal. Damian's going well.
Oh, I might come down and say hello.
Go Metiria - raising my issue eloquently and without any prompting. :)
Why on earth was the second hour all about bras?
Great show, guys.
ACTA Copyright Treaty Leaks: It Really Is That Bad
I release there is another thread this could go on, but...
FYI there is copyright stuff being proposed to happen for commissioning and parody/satire
Sweet. Dust off your Daily-Show-knockoff props.
I think the commissioning rule one went through. But the parody and satire discussion paper never happened.
... without meaning to suggest I don't see what you did there.
'Real artists' still need to eat.
Taking just the case of musicians, how did they eat before widespread recording was invented at the end of the 19th century?
Piracy hasn't stopped people going to concerts or buying T-shirts. In fact concert tickets are up, at least in Oz and UK, and more than make up for the drop in CD sales. This idea that piracy is causing artists to starve to death is a myth created by the recording industry (whose managers are about the only ones who really do need copyright in order to eat). The anti-piracy movement is not about saving the artists, it's about saving the recording industry.
In my opinion the recording industry model of profiting off the artificial monopoly granted by copyright was pretty dubious when there was a marginal cost in producing the copies. Now that there is essentially no cost in producing copies I think it's high time the industry went back to the former model of making money primarily off performances and started viewing recordings as a marketing tool.
I recommend checking out Dan Bull's response to Lily Allen's recent statements on piracy, it summarises the arguments pretty well: