Cory Doctorow – Every pirate wants to be an admiral

The good Mr. Doctorow briefly discusses the progression of copying in culture from the earliest silent-movie piano performances to the Net, and how it’s reached a stage where the corporations are strong-arming legislature that will give you three strikes and cut you off if you don’t put your hand in your pocket.

Definitely worth seeing, if only for the grin-inducing progression of Performance-to-Piracy claims :D

Newport State of Mind

Some local talent decided to create a parody on Jay-Z’s Empire State of Mind where they’re going on about how good New York is (take a quick swiz at the original if you’re not familiar – it’ll set up the parody) so they made their own version about the mighty Newport – and it’s rather good!

Having lived in Newport for four years (although been living in the AU for the last two), it’s definitely tickled me, but I’ve never seen the new shopping centre! Wasn’t there when I left! Will have to drop by in September when I’m back in the UK =D

Also from Newport (besides children’s TV presenter Josie D’arby): Goldie Lookin’ Chain (Guns Don’t Kill People, Rappers Do and Half Man, Half Machine etc.).