I was at Social Media and the Law 2012 today, which was a really great event. First of all big thank you to Luisa Edwards from Google for managing the day so well - always nicer when a conference chair makes it fun instead of a relentless clock watch! Also some really great comments about Google's … Continue reading Social media and the law (and a bit of Leveson, well, needs must …)
I had a busy last week being asked for my professional opinion as an Internet lawyer on Twitter and Facebook stuff, which is good fun. Was my first time on the radio doing a show on Voice of Russia on the Freedom to Tweet. Watch out John Humphreys is all I say (yeah, right!) :-p … Continue reading Twitter here, Twitter there, Barnett, Barnett, everywhere
Late last night - in fact while I was merrily consuming some nice wine in the garden bar at The Sanderson, Facebook's first set of public results were published. It's really not a bad effort despite what many in the press are focussing on. The high level picture is that revenue is up, hitting 1.18 … Continue reading Facebook first public results – don’t be a Grinch
I love ads, let's just get this straight right away. I used to think the Apple Think Different ads were my all time classic, but I have to say that the recent Guardian Three Pigs has blown that off the number one slot. But not all ads are that engaging. And sometimes you are just … Continue reading Freedom to skip ads – could it be a human right?
Sorry for the delay in writing this - had an evening event yesterday, so a bit short on time. Anyway, the themes from day 2 are these: - Channel 4 has got the bit between its teeth and is really going for the digital/social/content overlap space and will have a new 'channel' called 47 (four … Continue reading FT Digital Media conference day 2 – we are all in chains
Jimmy Wales, what a legend in his own lunchtime. To sum up today, in true cryptic style: - there are four screens now and we need to treat them all the same (but slightly differently) - data rocks, it's not the new financial services, it's the new rock and roll - privacy matters, but there … Continue reading FT Digital Media Conference – four screens and a Joan Collins
Very excited about this two day conference, particularly looking forward to hearing Jimmy Wales doing the keynote this mornning. Snippets of reflection from the day to follow tonight. If you want to see what's happening, go here.
Like that fabulous Nike advert used to say ... football, football, football (cue a fried egg). And I bit of IP. The ECJ has today has confirmed that there is no copyright in Football Dataco's fixture lists because there has been no "intellectual creation" in the process of creating the fixture list. It did not … Continue reading And I’m taking my football home – landmark IP case today
Anonymous and WikiLeaks today have made a bit of a splash in the press around Stratfor. There are some allegations in there that global brands have engaged Stratfor to undertake investigations of pressure/protest groups in the run up to major sporting events. Essential to work through the brand damage of activism, should it occur. Ultimately … Continue reading Hackers, brands and sponsorship
We had a big fuss about PIPA and SOPA. It has gone quiet, but it's still bubbling under, whether through that legislation or another. Clay Shirky has, as ever, some views. Happy watching! Just as an aside, what a great week of meetings I had last week - topics included getting greyhound racing recognised as … Continue reading Sunday night Monday morning TED talk – a little bit of Mr Shirky