Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Political Bytes March 31 2010

Few things caught my eye, which are fairly noteworthy, but which don't need more than a few words.

  • UK Pirate Party Candidates
  • Politicians and lobbyists
  • Glenn Beck fan's towed
  • Biotech patents ruled invalid

Monday, March 29, 2010

ARGH!!! Andrew the Moron

There are days when you just want to curl up into a ball. Today is one of them. I realised, when going to check back over things, that rather than the document I believed I had submitted as part of the PRO IP act consultation, I had actually submitted a copy of my comments to the US trade representative. I made the same mistake on my short piece about the submission.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

US Box Office Estimates March 26-28, 2010

After 3 weeks at the top of the charts, Alice is finally knocked off the top by another CGI-heavy 3D film aimed at kids,  (anyone seeing a pattern?). With Avatar's 5 weeks, and Alice's 3, that makes nine of the year's 13 weekends dominated by 3D movies.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Copyright Consultation Document - US Gov

The US Government, as part of the horrible 'PRO-IP ACT' had an open consultation on how it could deal with enforcement of copyright. The specifics are spelt out on the consultation document.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

US Box Office Estimates March 19-21 2010

Apologies for the lateness, Here are the box office figures for the weekend of March 19-21, 2010.

Alice in Wonderland still continues to dominate, although it's started to drop behind Avatar for it's total gross (but Avatar's third weekend was the New Year holidays), but it's still picking up screens, increasing it's by eleven over the previous week. It wasn't a straight stampede toward the Tim Burton film, though, as both 'Diary' and Bounty Hunter put up decent figures, Diary exceeding expectations, although The Bounty Hunter hadn't performed as well as either leads previous films.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Why the Truth Police Trumps Panorama's "Net Police"

Panorama just aired an 'interesting' show tonight. Entitled "Are the Net Police Coming for You?", the BBC describes the show in the following way.
A proposed new law is threatening to disconnect the millions of internet users who unlawfully download free music, films and TV. Jo Whiley looks at how broadband use at home may never be the same, and could even be cut off
Broadcast on: BBC One, 8:30pm Monday 15th March 2010

Sunday, March 14, 2010

US Box Office Estimates March 12-14 2010

The Weekend box office has been strong again for Alice, leaving it at the top of the box office charts for a second week. Avatar has now dropped out of the top 5, after 12 weeks, plummeting to number 7 (after another new release, 'Our Family Wedding'). Indeed, Alice is only $6Million behind where Avatar was after the same period, so another record breaking box office smash isn't to be ruled out. Meanwhile, three new entries make the top5, with respectable showings.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

US Box Office Top10 from 1990-2009

Some more data for my study, on box office figures. If you don't know what I'm talking about, read here first.
Here's the top 10 US box office film income for the years 1990 to 2009. Some of the 09 films are still playing, so that year should be taken with a pinch of salt, but at the same time, they'll only increase, not decrease.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Attack of the Porn Show

Back in September 2007, TorrentFreak ran a piece about the porn industry deciding to take on pirates. G4TV was interested, and contacted them to see if one of their writers would like to appear on their flagship program, Attack of the Show, to talk about it. All the writers for TorrentFreak, are Europe-based, and G4 is a US channel, though, and Attack of the Show is done Live (or thereabouts). So, on September 14th, I was asked if I'd take part, representing the US Pirate Party, and I said 'yes'.

The segment filmed, and aired Monday, September 17th, so there was little time to prepare. I've not been a huge follower of the porn industry, or a downloader of porn, so I had to reach out to my contacts to find out more. I was lucky, in that one acquaintance of mine from a year or two earlier, was running two porn torrent sites, and forwarded me contact details for some of their admins.

Armed with all the prep, I was told that Crawford Communications would be awaiting me, and that I would be dealing with an Anh Tran as my opponent (try looking up that name when you just get it over the phone) so that was that. Crawford's a lovely company though, very professional, especially Jim Baxter, who was my cameraman/producer. The only downside, was they didn't actually get G4 on their cable system!. I couldn't even see my opponent or the show, all I could do is hear it through a single earpiece. It also meant, I had no idea how delayed things were until after the show was done, and I got to watch it later that night.

I'm in Atlanta, they're in San Fransisco. Ahn is on set or next door - there's no delay for him. Theres roughly 1.5 seconds delay each way for me. Thanks to some snappy decisions by the Director, it's not obvious, but it becomes so at the end, when I'm talking over someone - it's not intentional, it's just hard to tell.

Anyway, tell me what you think of it in the comments.

September 17 2007 - The Loop

And if you can't see it embedded here, you'll have to go to THIS PAGE to see it.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

US Box Office Estimates March 5-7, 2010

A New feature somewhat.

To go along with the study I'm doing, I've also decided to publish the weekend box office figures each Sunday. These figures are kindly provided by

Monday, March 1, 2010

Why the US film Industry is Going Bankrupt

About 2 years ago, in the January of 08, I started a little project. It was to look at the box office figures put out by the film industry, and look how p2p had impacted them. I did some initial research, which looked at US box office figures for 1996-2007.