There’s a piece in the Guardian’s “content is free” section by Feargal Sharkey, which responds to an earlier piece by Cory Doctorow. The topic: a recent agreement between the British music industry and UK-based ISPs. Doctorow argued that the agreement would simply push file-sharing farther underground and hammer another nail into the coffin of the industry; Sharkey replied that it’s nothing of the sort, that it’s the beginning of a process which will eventually lead to new business models.
I’m not quite sure where I stand on this matter, but I mention this here because when I first happened upon this (at Coolfer), my first reaction was “Surely not that Feargal Sharkey?”
As though there could be another. Feargal Sharkey, director of British Music Rights, is Feargal Sharkey, quavering vocalist on the Undertones’ seminal single “Teenage Kicks,” which I just plucked off my shelf to hear one more time. He was twenty then; now he’s about to turn fifty. This is not quite like finding that Johnny Rotten had become a chartered accountant (no, he didn’t), but it’s close.