The Paywall Problem

Another day, another step closer to the coming age of the newspaper paywall in Ireland. Here's PriceWaterhouseCoopers making self assured statements on the impending digital bonanza. As the money they can charge for ads (and the number of ads) sags the Irish newspapers have become addicted to talking about, and preparing for, the crock of gold that charging their readers seems to represent.

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VoteTube Archive: Copyright on Oireachtas Footage

Dail 2000

At the end of his scholarly piece on whether the Rules of the Houses of the Oireachtas applied to non-members, Fergal correctly pointed out that while the House rules trying to control how Oireachtas video was used might lack teeth, they did not deal with the question of copyright. The portion of the Copyright Act of 2000 which deals with copyright on proceedings in the Oireachtas is Section 7171.

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VoteTube Archive: The Centre Cannot Hold

Turning and turning in the widening gyreThe falcon cannot hear the falconer;Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,-The Second Coming, WB YeatsYeats could have been channelling the spirit of the modern political campaign manager. For nearly twenty years political parties and candidates have been successful in imposing previously undreamed controls on campaigns.

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Fol Da Rol

I do not use my writing here as confessional. I do not demand you buy things. I do not write because I insist you agree with my viewpoints.

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Coillte: Trees and stuff

That's odd, I thought to myself. Why would Coillte be paying money for ads on the front page of the Irish Times website? Don't they just plant trees, wait a decade, and then chop them down?Shows how much I know. OK, Coillte.

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