Friday, May 28, 2010

Press release: BabyBarista resigns from The Times over their decision to charge

For immediate release

Barrister and writer Tim Kevan has withdrawn the BabyBarista Blog from The Times in reaction to their plans to hide it away behind a subscription-based paywall. He commented: “I didn’t start this blog for it to be the exclusive preserve of a limited few subscribers. I wrote it to entertain whosoever wishes to read it.” In a further post he said, "I think the decision will prove to be a disaster. There are so many innovative ways of making cash online and the decision to plump for an across-the-board blanket subscription over the whole of their content makes them look like a big lumbering giant...Canute-like in their determination to stop the tide of free content and using a top down strategy which makes even the Post Office look dynamic."

The re-launched site is at and includes numerous cartoons of the blog’s characters by Times cartoonist Alex Williams. By way of background, BabyBarista is a fictional account of a junior barrister at the English Bar. The stories he tells appeared on The Times for over three years and they also led to him getting two book deals with Harry Potter's publisher Bloomsbury. BabyBarista and the Art of War was published as a trade paperback last year and was described by broadcaster Jeremy Vine as “a wonderful racing read - well-drawn, smartly plotted and laugh out loud” and by The Times as “a cross between the talented Mr Ripley, Rumpole and Bridget Jones's Diary”. A mass market edition with the new title Law and Disorder is due out in August. Book Two of the BabyBarista Files will also be published by Bloomsbury. The provisional title is Law and Peace and although a date hasn't been finalised it is likely to be published in 2011.

Online response to this story

This story has caused an enormous response from newspapers, bloggers and tweeters and the following are links to around seventy of them: Vanity FairThe Guardian, New Statesman, Media WeekThe Bar CouncilThe New Lawyer, American Bar Association Journal, Michael Wolff @ NewserEstates GazetteProf George BrockCharon QCGeeklawyer, PhanceeBusiness InsiderInfamy or PraiseEditors Weblogle monde, LawDentFamily Lore, Android's Reminiscences, Delia Venables, f/k/a, Jobsworth, Binary Law, slaw, Broadcast Journalism, Tech DirtThe, Criminal Law and Evidence, Memex 1.1Practice Source, Felix Salmon at Reuters, Media Gazer, White Rabbit, Trainee Lawyer, Exile On Moan Street, Malice in Wonderland, The Latest on PPC, Media BistroLegal NewsMartin Stabe, CyclothymicMusings, You Get The Info, Cyber CulturalistAlexandre Gamela, Whyte Wolf, It's Digital PR News, J Source, A-Z of Global Warming Of Interest to Lawyers Medie Varlden (Swedish)De Jaap (Dutch)Ger Timmer (Dutch)Media Facts (Dutch), I Love Media (Dutch), Media Ned (Dutch), ABC Spain (Spanish)233 Grados (Spanish)Lola Como Mola (Spanish), The Protocol Droid (Spanish)LaInformacion (Spanish)FayerWayer (Spanish), Direnet (Spanish), Golpedegato (Spanish) (Spanish), El Otro Juan (Spanish)Dziennik Internautów (Polish), Alternative Blog (Japanese) and finally tweets.

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