The ever-shifting battle lines drawn between ISPs, labels, publishers, artists and tech startups continue to, well, ever shift. The UK’s Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA) has given a special award of ”Internet Hero” to the Featured Artists Coalition, for “recognising publicly that the focus of music companies should be the development of new business models for distributing content online rather than attempting to pass responsibility to ISPs to take action against users”. Congratulations and all that, but… The FAC set up a committee, held a public meeting and made some noise about new business models. Beaten nominee Thomas Gensemer used the internet to get Barack Obama elected as president. And he’s less heroic? Very strange.

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