Watch This Now: Dan Bull – “Death of ACTA”

“But it’s all online, right, so why should we care?”

Tell you something for nothing – I can’t think of many rapper as ballsy as Dan Bull. Sure, he’s a pudgy British white guy – but can you honestly think of someone who’d go after Lily Allen, the BBC and the ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agent) in the period of roughly eighteen months and either worry about the consequences later or not at all? That’s what I thought – Bull needs a wheelbarrow to hold his balls in, he does. In his latest tirade in the form of an incredibly brilliant rap, he’s nicked the beat from Jay-Z‘s D.O.A. and run with  it. He’s then cheaply thrown together this video where he dresses up as a pirate and raps on a boat – fairly straightforward, but that’s what I like about Dan.

At the very least, it’s a step up from the written-email format of his other singles – we can now see Dan himself as he rants and puts a face to his bold arguments. Admittedly, this isn’t a great video on its own – the reason I’ve featured it, however, is on account of the powerful message it sends about intellectual property and patened ideas. I have a great respect for Dan, and this is definitely a video you should watch asap.


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