Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Lucie Thorne / Heidi Elva

Nice ladies with buckets of talents. The interviews have been uploaded if you want to listen.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

pirate bay founders jailed

from SMH
Pirate Bay founders guilty and jailed

April 18, 2009 - 3:17PM

* Pirate Bay server becomes a tourist attraction

A Stockholm court on Friday found four men guilty of promoting copyright infringement by running The Pirate Bay, one of the world's top websites for illegal filesharing, and sentenced them to a year in prison.

The court also ordered the four - Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm, Peter Sunde and Carl Lundstroem - to pay damages of 30 million kronor ($4.98 million) to the recording industry, which hailed the ruling as a symbolic victory.

"The Stockholm district court has today convicted the four people charged with promoting other people's infringement of copyright laws," the court said in a statement.

Representatives of the movie, music and video games industry had sought some 117 million kronor ($19.41 million), in damages and interest for losses incurred from tens of millions of illegal downloads facilitated by the site.

Founded in 2003, The Pirate Bay makes it possible to skirt copyright fees and share music, film and computer game files using bit torrent technology, or peer-to-peer links offered on the site.

None of the material can thus be found on The Pirate Bay server itself.

The four, who have denied any wrongdoing, are expected to appeal the verdict and have previously vowed to take the case as high as the Swedish Supreme Court if necessary.

The Pirate Bay claims to have some 22 million users worldwide.

"By providing a website with ... well-developed search functions, easy uploading and storage possibilities, and with a tracker linked to the website, the accused have incited the crimes that the filesharers have committed," the court said in a statement to the media.

The court added that the four "knew that copyrighted material was being fileshared".

The one-year jail sentences were motivated by the "extensive accessibility of others' (copy)rights and the fact that the operation was conducted commercially and in an organised fashion".

IFPI, which represents the recording industry worldwide, hailed the decision.

"The trial of the operators of The Pirate Bay was about defending the rights of creators, confirming the illegality of the service and creating a fair environment for legal music services that respect the rights of the creative community," IFPI chairman and chief executive John Kennedy said in a statement.

"Today's verdict is the right outcome on all three counts," he said, adding: "The court has also handed down a strong deterrent sentence that reflects the seriousness of the crimes committed."

During the trial, the four had pleaded innocent, insisting that filesharing services can be used both legally and illegally.

One of their lawyers, Per Samuelsson, argued that The Pirate Bay's services "can be compared to making cars that can be driven faster than the speed limit".

Another defence lawyer, Jonas Nilsson, had insisted that "the individual Internet users who use Pirate Bay services ... must answer for the material they have in their possession or the files they might share with others".

Swedish police raided the company's offices several times and seized nearly 200 servers in 2006, temporarily shuttering the site. But it resurfaced a few days later with servers spread among different countries.

The site is still in operation.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Lucie Thorne interview

OK it's been awhile since I posted anything here however I have uploaded the interview I did with Lucie Thorne today. She hails from the beautiful Bega Valley, and is a very talented singer song writer who sings about personal experiences in a way that would melt your heart. She will be performing across the country up until August, so if you get a chance to hear her perform please do so.

Here are the dates for the tour:



Thursday 16th April, 2009
Interview + live-to-air performance on The Morning Show, with Deb Cameron.
702 ABC Radio. 10.30am.

Saturday 18th April, 2009
The Surry Hills Festival, Prince Alfred Park, Sydney.
Lucie + band performing on the main stage at 12.45pm.

Tuesday 21st April, 2009
Interview + live-to-air performance on The Morning Show, with Chris Coucouvinis.
FBi Radio. 11am.

Tuesday 21st April, 2009
Interview + live-to-air performance on The Spice of Life, with Hans Stoeve.
2SER Radio. 1.30pm.

Wednesday 22nd April, 2009
The Basement, Sydney.
with special guests Leroy Lee and Maxine Kauter.
Tickets $18 + bf presale / $22 at the door.
Doors open 7.30pm / Show starts 8.45pm.

Saturday 25th April, 2009
The Clarendon Guest House, Katoomba.
Tickets $20 show only / $55 dinner + show.
Bookings: 02 4782 1322.
Dinner from 7pm / Show starts 8.30pm.

Friday 1st May, 2009
The Town Hall, Candelo.
Tickets $20/$15 at the door.
Doors open 7.30pm.
BYO / Supper available.


Thursday 14th May, 2009
The Corner Hotel, Richmond.
VITAMIN RECORDS presents INDIE SIX PACK featuring Lucie Thorne + band, Tin Pan Orange, Fireside Bellows, Sal Kimber, Tobias Hengeveld and Leah Flanagan.
Tickets $16 at the door.
Doors open 7.30pm.


Saturday 16th May, 2009
The Singing Gallery, McClaren Vale.
Tickets $20/$15.
Doors open 7.30pm.
BYO supper.
Bookings: 0413 358 618.

Sunday 17th May, 2009
The Wheatsheaf, Adelaide.


Friday 22nd May, 2009
The Murrah Hall, Murrah.
Tickets $20/$15 at the door.
Doors open 7.30pm.
BYO / Supper available.


Saturday 23rd May, 2009
The Ainslie Hall, Canberra.
Tickets $20/$15 at the door.
Doors open 7.30pm.
BYO / Supper available.


Thursday 11th June, 2009
The Vanguard, Sydney.
details tba.

Saturday 13th June, 2009
The Wauchope Hall, Wauchope.
details tba.

Wednesday 17th June, 2009
The Bowling Club, Mullumbimby.
details tba.


Thursday 18th June, 2009
The Troubadour, Brisbane.
details tba.

Friday 19th June, 2009
The Black Box Theatre, Nambour.
details tba.

Sunday 21st June, 2009
The Court Theatre, Townsville.
details tba.


Friday 26th June, 2009
The Memorial Hall, Bellingen.
details tba.

Saturday 27th June, 2009
The Musician's Club, Armidale.
details tba.

Sunday 28th June, 2009
Mt Misery Goldmine Cafe, Nundle.
details tba.

more BLACK ACROSS THE FIELD launch tour shows in regional NSW, Western Australia and the Northern Territory announced soon...