Fitzroyalty

Hyperlocal news about Melbourne's first suburb: Fitzroy 3065

Fitzroy history book reprinted

The City of Yarra Libraries has just reprinted a few hundred copies of Fitzroy: Melbourne’s First Suburb, a history of Fitzroy that’s been out of print for years and impossible to find in secondhand bookshops. It’s on sale at any branch of Yarra Libraries for $55.…

Tripadvisor responds to an accusation of copyright theft by engaging in more copyright theft

A little over a year ago I wrote about how I discovered that some photos I had taken and published in my reviews had been stolen and republished without permission by Tripadvisor. After spending considerable time and effort finding the deliberately obscured means to contact them to complain, complain I did and I insisted that the images be removed.…

Fairfax wants you to pay them to publish your photos

Yesterday I received an unwanted email from Fairfax. It concerned the Clique Photographers Association, which is their new ‘exclusive photography community’. They want you to pay them $50 (or $25 if you’re one of the few who subscribes to them) to enter monthly photo competitions, where the winners will have their work published in print and online.…

the Mana bar closure – a case study in the evolution of a news story and more evidence of Fairfax plagiarism

I rarely know which of the articles I write will resonate with audiences. In most cases I write about what I see on walks around my home suburb simply to document it as social history. It may interest a few fellow locals who, like me, watch the opening and closing of shops and businesses over time with benign interest.…

idiots in armchairs – mise en scene in music documentaries

I enjoy watching music documentaries. At MIFF this year I’ve just seen Muscle Shoals, about the studio in Alabama where a lot of great US music was recorded in the 1960s. The doco is notable for the number of interviewees who worked and recorded there – unlike many in the genre that can’t get the major stars to participate and which rely instead on second rate contributors – this features all the main participants.…