Posted by Tim Ireland at June 22, 2007

Category: Tony 'King Blair

Goodbye, Tony Blair features in the latest B3ta newsletter.

Oh, and is it just me, or do people of a rightward-leaning persuasion have trouble appreciating Part II?

Posted by Tim Ireland at June 22, 2007

Category: Humanity

Watch this, then read this.

Posted by Tim Ireland at June 22, 2007

Category: Photoshopping

Emap: After some phone-chasing today, I found out that I’ve been passed straight over to their lawyers. How lovely.

What are the odds, do you think, of the lawyers’ fee being more than what I’m asking for my picture?

Posted by Tim Ireland at June 22, 2007

Category: Photoshopping

Two days later and not so much as a courtesy reply from Emap, despite their organisation making 28 visits to my report on their image-nickery.

Hello, boys!

Time to chase, I think.

While you wait, have a peek at this:

Billboard – U.K. Industry Trust Unveils ‘Knock-Off’ Ad Campaign: The U.K. entertainment industry is adopting a bold, and sometimes humorous, campaign to deter would-be pirates. As part of a multi-million pound, cross-media initiative, the Industry Trust for IP Awareness will hope to transform consumer attitudes by attaching a social stigma to copyright theft. The message will be passed down through a fictional character, “Knock-off Nigel”, a “shabby” pub-going rogue who buys “knock-off” DVDs, illegally downloads music and entertainment content, and generally grabs what he can for free. From June 1, the £3 million ($5.94 million) campaign, described as the most expensive anti-piracy project of its kind in Britain, will go wide across the country’s media and even into pubs, where slogans will feature on beer coasters.

I’m sure you remember the Industry Trust for IP Awareness … they’re the people who have been busy telling us that DVD piracy funds terrorism.

You can see the early fruits of their Nigel-related labours here.

When you’re done with that, pop over to this MySpace profile and check out the work of the Lancashire Hotpots, (where we are promised “twenty first century folk for twenty first century folk”).

The Lancashire Hotpots (who include Friend of Bloggerheads Sheldon in their line-up) have been enjoying a bit of attention lately, mostly up north (i.e. where the Industry Trust for IP Awareness are focusing the bulk of their energies).

Now, there’s some differences in costume and accent, so this little rip-off isn’t quite as blatant as this one, but surely it would pay to think twice about being even a little bit cheeky about this kind of thing when it’s a campaign for copyright protection and the key purpose is to win hearts and minds.

[Psst! More from the Lancashire Hotpots can be found on YouTube.]

Posted by Tim Ireland at June 21, 2007

Category: Tony 'King Blair

Snip a few bits of this and you have the reason why I’m so involved in politics. In fact, you probably wouldn’t have caught me within a mile of Westminster without it:

Independent – Two words sum up why I cannot accept my MBE: Tony Blair: However, I believe that the way and the methods with which Tony Blair took Britain to war in Iraq and Afghanistan alongside George Bush were dishonest. They were based on a lie. We did not enter these conflicts for moral reasons; we entered them for economic ones. That much has now become clear. I would have admired Tony Blair, or at least respected him, if he’d have told me that we were going to war because he thought it would be good for our economy, regardless of the human cost. I would have respected that honesty, even if I strongly disagreed with him. But instead, Mr Blair dreamt up this thing called spin, which is effectively organised lying, to convince the British public that his reasons were just. The result has been that hundreds of thousands of people have now suffered intolerably. They have suffered death and torture, and they now live in hopeless situations as a direct result of Tony Blair’s invasion. What is going on daily in Iraq is a tragedy. I have seen the death and the sheer human misery. I have seen pictures of whole families being blown to pieces. It is the greatest scandal of our time.

Posted by Tim Ireland at June 21, 2007

Category: Humanity

Torboto: The Robot That Tortures People (mirror)

Link via neOnbubble.

Posted by Tim Ireland at June 21, 2007

Category: Updates

I really have to do something more sophisticated with my navbar, but for now I’ve settled for a bit of a tidy-up and a few additions under ‘associates’.

Posted by Tim Ireland at June 20, 2007

Category: Humanity

Via goatchurch and Peter Gasston:

The New Yorker – The General’s Report (by Seymour M. Hersh): Taguba, watching the hearings, was appalled. He believed that Rumsfeld’s testimony was simply not true. “The photographs were available to him – if he wanted to see them,” Taguba said. Rumsfeld’s lack of knowledge was hard to credit. Taguba later wondered if perhaps Cambone had the photographs and kept them from Rumsfeld because he was reluctant to give his notoriously difficult boss bad news. But Taguba also recalled thinking, “Rumsfeld is very perceptive and has a mind like a steel trap. There’s no way he’s suffering from C.R.S. – Can’t Remember Shit. He’s trying to acquit himself, and a lot of people are lying to protect themselves.” It distressed Taguba that Rumsfeld was accompanied in his Senate and House appearances by senior military officers who concurred with his denials.

Another article involving Hersh that’s worth revisiting is this one: – Hersh: Children sodomized at Abu Ghraib, on tape: “Debating about it, ummm … Some of the worst things that happened you don’t know about, okay? Videos, um, there are women there. Some of you may have read that they were passing letters out, communications out to their men. This is at Abu Ghraib … The women were passing messages out saying ‘Please come and kill me, because of what’s happened’ and basically what happened is that those women who were arrested with young boys, children in cases that have been recorded. The boys were sodomized with the cameras rolling. And the worst above all of that is the soundtrack of the boys shrieking that your government has. They are in total terror. It’s going to come out.”

And this:

Juan Cole – Abuse of Women Detainees: A scandal that has not yet broken in the press is the story of how many women ended up in US prisons. The fact is, few were suspected of having themselves committed a crime or an act of insurgency. Rather, they were taken as hostages or potential informants because their husbands or sons were wanted by the US military. This kind of arrest, however, is a form of collective punishment and not permitted under the Fourth Geneva Convention governing military occupations of civilian populations. The sexual abuse of these women is therefore a double crime.

The Abu Ghraib affair is far bigger and far uglier than a lot of people recognise or realise. Rather than worrying about the plans the US didn’t have, perhaps we could focus on the plans they did have. (Oh, and the subsequent plan to keep any renditional revelations as low-key as possible).

Let me be absolutely clear about this for anyone wishing to throw the ‘old news’ label, the ‘ticking time-bomb’ scenario and/or the gentle wording of ‘rendition’ in my face:

We didn’t tickle a few terrorists with a feather-duster… we kidnapped the families of alleged insurgents and tortured them in the most horrifying and degrading manner imaginable. We also filmed some of this, so we could use the material to intimidate other alleged insurgents (and/or members of their family).

And we wonder why we’re having difficulty in Iraq.

Posted by Tim Ireland at June 20, 2007

Category: Photoshopping

Partial scan of Page 31 from Zoo Weekly, Issue 174I was at a panel discussion last night. The subject was The Dark Side of Social Media. It was an industry event, but we only really got down to the nuts and bolts of how this dark side might impact directly on brands right at the very end.

Just before I left, I found myself chatting with a couple of chaps about Zoo and Nuts and their bad habit of publishing other people’s work without permission or payment. I described it as ‘a growing storm’ that organisations like Emap (owners of Zoo Weekly) should be just a little more aware of and far more sensible about.

Life being what it is, I arrived home to see an email telling me that an alternative 2012 logo that I produced and published two weeks ago was reproduced in Zoo (right)… without permission or payment.

Recently, the people at Zoo have stopped pretending that these images are sent in by readers and have more or less admitted what some of us have suspected for quite some time; that they simply lift the bulk of the material for their ‘You’ve Got Spam’ feature from the front page of… in fact, the following message now appears in teeny-tiny print next to this weekly fixture (and appears to have been in use since February of this year):

“Except where specified, all pics from If you’re the person who took any of the spam pics, let us know. We’d love to give you a credit”

This appears to be a nod to the following PPA copyright advice;

If you want to use a photograph and you are not using a picture agency (they usually manage the copyright) you will have to make every effort to find the person who took the photograph… If all else fails and you cannot ascertain who owns the copyright you could show that you have acted in good faith by putting a statement to say that although every effort has been made to acknowledge all copyrights contained in the [magazine] [article] you would be interested in hearing from any copyright holders who have not been acknowledged.

But if you join me now on a short journey from image to creator, you can see that it’s only three simple (and rather direct) steps from image to profile to my website. Even if they don’t get that far, B3ta has a ‘send a message to this user’ feature.

I don’t think that ‘every effort’ was made to get in touch with me. In fact, it appears that no effort was made at all.

Judging by some of the past disputes that have popped up on the messageboard, this is typical of Emap’s attitude. Emap further complicate matters by dicking people around when they do get in touch to claim ownership.

Emap are also fond of throwing freebies at copyright owners, instead of paying money (and sometimes I can’t help but wonder if the sponsors know that their promotional goodies are used in this way).

Further, they’ve been maintaining this attitude for so long now that it becomes less likely as each day passes that they’ll be able to settle this ongoing matter amicably and/or without significant damage to their brand.

Zoo is your chum, you see… your cheery, happy-go-lucky chum. That’s a vulnerable brand, that is… and just take a look at some of the people involved in the past disputes that they’ve tried to settle, stymie or sweep under the carpet:

Beau Bo D’Or, The Great Architect, HappyToast… just stop for a moment and have a think about what these people happen to be very skilled at. Also consider that they have an obvious ability to reach Zoo’s readership.

Emap should take a step back and look at what they’re doing… for the sake of short-term gain, they’re motivating gifted communicators to subvert or damage their brand. Sooner or later, this is going to blow up in their faces.

Normally I invoice people for this kind of advice, but today I’ll be invoicing Emap for their use of an image in circumstances where I can easily prove ownership.

Later, I’ll be blogging the response.

(Tch… look at that… I’ve just become part of the problem.)

UPDATE – Relevant thread.

UPDATE (22 June) – Emap have offered to pay the invoice.

Posted by Tim Ireland at June 18, 2007

Category: Tony 'King Blair

OK folks, here’s that video I’ve been promising you for the past umpteen weeks:

Goodbye, Tony Blair

Please be aware that this is by no means my final word on Blair. I plan to keep my vow to pursue him to the end of his political career and beyond and one day piss on his grave.

However, today marks my final word on a few other matters…

To celebrate the release of this video and the impending departure of Tony Blair, full pardons have been issued to the following people:

Nick Boles, Gordon Brown*, David Cameron, Mike Chambers, Iain Dale (and associates), Jackie Danicki, Dominic Fisher, Phil Hendren, John Kampfner, Anne Milton (and associates), Dennis Paul, Paul Staines (and associates), David Taylor and Tim Yeo.

With the exception of Gordon Brown (see below), this amounts to a clean slate for these individuals as far as I’m concerned, starting from today. All relevant past content will remain live (with a link to this pardon featured prominently where possible) but from today, the past remains in the past and I personally will not be throwing it in their faces.

[*A note regarding Gordon Brown:- If any of the individuals listed here are included in his cabinet, he and I are going to have some difficulty. Also, he is expected to stand on his head and juggle ice-cream within two months of taking office.]

Comments are open if you think I’ve missed anyone… but please don’t remind me that I’ve ‘forgotten’ Rupert Murdoch or Rebekah Wade. (There are limits, folks.)

Cheers all.

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