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  • Mar 20th, 2013 @ 9:28am

    Reasonable YA sci-fi adventure romance

    Cut and paste from my Goodreads review:

    I found it a little unlikely sometimes that the protagonist, Cecil, managed to run away to London and not end up addicted/abused/beaten. Maybe there are some rose-tinted glasses on what homelessness can really be like. Even the hardcore tramps are painted in a sympathetic way (and the London cab drivers). Skip diving is also a lot less pleasant than portrayed, plus store employees tend to get the really good stuff before it reaches the skips.

    I'm not 100% but I think Cecil's art - remixing a famous actors work into new scenes - is fair use, it's certainly transnformative, but mash-ups usually tend to become copyright violation targets. Although, Cecil does download and use pirate apps I guess. I mean, he's not the average pirate - downloading a film/app because its free and convenient. A sympathetic pirate figure.

    That said, it's a damn good story, had me up reading at 1am for 'one more chapter'. If you're interested in copyright and DRM then this is a good read and not too taxing. Also a very cynical (and accurate) summary of the UK parliamentary system.
  • Mar 7th, 2013 @ 7:06am

    Broadcast the day after US screening in the UK

    Some TV companies are realising that making other domains wait significantly for shows to air after the US air date leads to pirating.

    This is why SKY (UK Satelitte broadcaster) is showing it only one day after the US (Sky Atlantic channel).

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