John Giacobbi
Web Sheriff Founder John Giacobbi is long renowned as the leading anti-piracy specialist in the music industry. A former music business lawyer and industry consultant, Giacobbi was a pioneer in protecting artists’ rights on the web. “People called the internet The New Wild West,” he explains. “So who better to ride into town and sort it out than the Web Sheriff?!”

Since founding Web Sheriff, clients have ranged from all-time legends such as MICHAEL JACKSON, DYLAN, PRINCE and VAN MORRISON, through to today’s hottest artists, such as LADY GAGA, ADELE and BEYONCE, as well as HOLLYWOOD studios and film distributors. Uniquely, Web Sheriff’s fan-friendly philosophy and inclusive approach is to actively engage with fans and bloggers and to “turn the perceived negative of anti-piracy into the massive positive of viral marketing.”

Entries by John Giacobbi

Last Days of Disco

(2) Comments | Posted November 4, 2012 | 4:31 PM

As with The-Last-Days-of-Disco, the glitterball that was analogue TV has stopped spinning and, in the very worst form of collateral-damage, the music stopped for Ceefax too - RIP British Technology.

For those of you who literally thought that Ceefax ended when John Travolta's flairs were replaced by Don Johnson's...

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Now Then Now Then Guys and Gals - Clunk-Click-Every-Tweet

(1) Comments | Posted October 21, 2012 | 9:22 PM

With echoes of Jimmy Savile and his Clunk-Click-Every-Trip / Think-Twice-Before-You-Cross-The-Road safety campaigns of the 1970s, perhaps we ought to update one of these 'Uncle Jimmy' slogans for the digital age - THINK TWICE BEFORE YOU TWEET ...or press that button, or post that blog, or update your Facebook profile (to...

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Olympic 'Races' of the Wrong Kind

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2012 | 7:00 PM

Well, more sexes than races really, but the headline caught-your-eye... without further ado, it borders on a national disgrace that, in a week in which Britain should be basking in the glory of the Olympics and marvelling at our islands' contribution to the social and cultural development of the World...

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Road to Perdition

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2012 | 1:43 PM

In case anyone thinks that they can evade the consequences of their cyber-crimes by going on an endless tour of the M25, I'm afraid I've got bad news for you - the High Court decreed this week that writs could now be served via, you-guessed-it, Facetwat (sorry - Facebook)... so,...

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Web Wars

(3) Comments | Posted January 28, 2012 | 11:32 AM

"G'Day Possums" (as Dame Edna would say).

Even though I'm in Australia at the moment, events in America and elsewhere have obliged me to put-down my surfboard and pick-up my typewriter, in order to express my bemusement at the PR disaster of Capitol Hill's proposed -- and now suspended --...

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Snow White & The Seven Cyber-Scams

(1) Comments | Posted December 17, 2011 | 7:49 AM

It may be the-season-to-be-jolly, but unfortunately record-breaking numbers of on-line shoppers also mean that tTis The Season To Be e-frauded, with millions of people seemingly saving their carbon footprint by using a mouse instead of a car and with record numbers of scammers and cyber-crooks donning their white beards and...

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Snow White & the Seven Cyber-Scams

(7) Comments | Posted December 16, 2011 | 2:20 PM

It may be The-Season-To-Be-Jolly, but today's "Free Delivery Friday" unfortunately also means that "Tis The Season To Be E-Frauded", with record-breaking numbers of shoppers seemingly saving their carbon footprint by using a mouse instead of a car and with record numbers of scammers and cyber-crooks donning their white beards and...

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Index No Evil

(0) Comments | Posted November 28, 2011 | 6:44 AM

When an S&M-loving plaintiff goes-up against a defendant whose motto is "Do No Evil", an interesting moral conundrum arises - especially when, in this case, the defendant's name is Google and they appear to have conveniently forgotten about the "Print No Evil" subtext to their 'mission statement'...or, to speak in...

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Groping for Words

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2011 | 9:00 AM

First there was the case of the Presidential residue and Monica Lewinsky's dry cleaning bill -- and not forgetting William Jefferson Blyth III's acrobatic semantics with the legal definition of "sexual relations", that somehow lead to oral pleasure being re-classified as oral hygiene -- and then there was the case...

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Around The World In 80 Days

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2011 | 11:54 AM

It might have taken Phileas Fogg 80 days to circumnavigate the globe in Jules Verne's famous novel, but my holiday sojourn was sadly somewhat shorter. Nevertheless, I managed to maintain a James T. Kirk style Captain's Log of internet news on my travels, noting everything from one dictator suing a...

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(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2011 | 12:00 AM

Echoing my echo of my siren call of 1 and 6 weeks ago (see If It Pleases M'Laud and Your Face or Mine), a market research company had an 'MBO Moment' this week - Master of the Bleeding Obvious for those not versed in the expression - when their prison...

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If It Pleases M'Laud

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2011 | 7:00 PM

Echoing my siren call of 5 weeks ago for our children not to post every detail of their lives on Twitbook and Facetwit (or should that be Facetwat ?! - see Your Face or Mine), this week the nation's judiciary have been issued with an updated Guide to Judicial Conduct,...

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Health Warning : The Internet Can Kill You

(1) Comments | Posted September 17, 2011 | 10:28 AM

In a shocking case this week, the internet 'troll' otherwise known as Sean Duffy was given a maximum sentence (a paltry 18 weeks) for tormenting the families of young girls who had committed suicide. In the case of one such girl - a 15 year old whose life was full...

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Birds of a Feather

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2011 | 8:37 PM

Much as though - I suppose - Twitter are to be congratulated on reaching the 100 Million user milestone last week, the news that carpet-baggers (sorry - hedge fund managers) are now using random samples of trending topics on Twitter to decide what to gamble on (sorry - invest in),...

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Two Portions of Valves & Chips Please

(4) Comments | Posted September 3, 2011 | 7:00 PM

For a nation that 'invented' the Internet - and the Computer and the Television and the Telephone and, while we're at it, the Jet Engine - to read this week that Britain ranks somewhere close to Borat's beloved Kazakhstan at the bottom of the league-table for Broadband speed (or, in...

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There's Gold in Them There Names

(2) Comments | Posted August 26, 2011 | 10:12 PM

Nineteenth Century prospecting consisted of heading-out to the Wild West with a mule and a gold-pan or a pickaxe and literally digging-for-gold, whilst Twentieth Century prospectors tended to be more urbane, Gordon Gekko types in red braces, playing hard-and-fast with the lives of ordinary people by 'hedging' and 'shorting' against...

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Your Face or Mine

(2) Comments | Posted August 20, 2011 | 2:03 PM

Facebook... great isn't it? Post a few photos of London burning, share some stories of looting in Birmingham, enjoy a bit of inciting 'friends' to torch Glasgow and, Bingo - 4 years free-board-and-lodging At Her Majesty's Pleasure !! Now, there are those that say anyone using Facebook deserves 4 years...

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Tweeting While Rome Burns

(3) Comments | Posted August 13, 2011 | 9:18 AM

It wasn't so much Nero that was the problem this week - although the Police could certainly be accused of fiddling while 'Rome' burned - but, instead, mindless groups of opportunistic criminals (sorry - disaffected youth), who were tweeting where and what their next 'torching' targets were. This, in turn,...

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YouTube If You Want To

(4) Comments | Posted August 5, 2011 | 9:53 PM

The Iron Lady once famously proclaimed, "You turn if you want to - The Lady's not for turning !" and yet that's precisely what this successor government is doing when it comes to protecting Britain's creative industries. This week, not one but two body-blows were dealt to the UK's proud...

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Headless Chickens or Headless Americans

(4) Comments | Posted July 30, 2011 | 11:08 AM

This week, a landmark ruling in the High Court ordered British Telecom to block access to the notorious, 'free' movies web-site Newzbin2. I say "free", but - even though Newzbin members can freely access many thousands of pirated films once they have joined - Newzbin actually charges subscription fees ......

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