UPC can confirm it has received a request from solicitors acting on behalf of the Irish divisions of EMI, Warner, Universal and Sony music companies that UPC blocks access to the Pirate Bay website.
This request is separate to ongoing court proceedings between these same companies and UPC with respect to their demand that UPC take certain actions in relation to subscribers allegedly involved in illegal music downloads.
This latest request is apparently further to an unopposed court action between these companies and eircom whereby eircom was ordered to block access to Pirate Bay as of September 1, 2009.
UPC has informed the rightsholders that there is no basis under Irish law requiring an ISP to block access to certain websites and that it will not agree to a request that goes beyond what is currently provided for under Irish law.
Off ye go to nominate your favourite websites. Don’t be shy about nominating your own work. Some people were “shocked, surprised and disappointed” (direct quote from an email) that the Wizards behind the Web Awards didn’t consider them. One needs to be nominated, don’t assume your Mam will do it for you.
73man is back but as 53degrees. Thank God he stayed at an odd number.
Photowalk in Cork on September 26th. See more on Chez Donncha. Discounted rooms for the Friday and Saturday in the Montenotte Hotel for those traveling from elsewhere. Donncha also running a raffle to win three free rooms. Photobloggers getting well looked after. Kudos to Hotel Pat for getting the deal and Donncha for being the ringmaster.
SEEPP (South East Enterprise Platform Programme) is looking for business start-ups and that the closing date for applications is fast approaching – August 27th!
2FM has been targeting a 15 to 34 age group for a very long time,” she explained. “It is a very crowded part of the market. There are very strong local stations chasing that same audience. They are in a position to be very close to their listeners like guerrilla radio.
2FM got close instead by turning off talk and interactions in a time when the world interacts more. So can we have Rick’s voice back now?
Dylan Haskins is the youngfella that runs Hide Away house gigs and the record label and now has directed a film about DIY culture called Roll Up Your Sleeves. Well done to Willie Walsh and everyone in Project Arts for encouraging Dylan too on this.
This is the trailer for it:
Loved the honesty from Niall and Dylan and Jim Carroll was a great host. The whole event was super positive and everyone that ever wanted to do something and couldn’t motivate themselves to do it should chat to Niall and Dylan. Dylan talking about doing a tour of Ireland with five bands using Bus Eireann buses while a van with the gear of all the bands following the buses, loved it.
Niall and Dylan did something that marks them out – they did stuff when they were told they could not or society made it impossible to do. They just routed around the obstacles. When Dylan couldn’t get a space for all-ages gigs, he hosted them in his gaff. Niall routed around MCD and venue owners and organised a Fugazi concert. By thinking differently and being driven they got what they wanted and all because they had a passion and love for music.
The DVD was for sale after the gig and I got one or two to send to people who are thinking of starting their own businesses as this DVD should be watched by more than those who are involved in the DIY music scene. Every business school should have a copy of this, there are lessons to be learned. Another bit of it I loved was the way that they busked for petrol money to bring them back from the gig and how they worked as a group to promote themselves before and after the gig too. The band makes and sells their own merchandise. I got the sense that people did things for the love of it but knew how to use their creativity to further fund their creativity. Jim Carroll has a good piece on Dylan here.
I also bought two DVDs to give away here on the aul blog to whoever wants one. First come first served with the condition you watch it with at least one other person. Overall, one of the best events I’ve been at in a long time which has added a spring to my step. Well done to Bodytonic et al for putting it together. There are some amazing non-corporate things happening in music and arts in Ireland right now. I think a good future is on the way for those not worrying only about drawing down grants. Interesting times, interesting times.
Seventy funded places for unemployed graduates are available on a Graduate Certificate in Information and Communications Technology at UCD, as part of the announcement by the Minister for Education of 1,000 part-time postgraduate third-level places for unemployed workers. Successful applicants will have €2,500 of the €2,750 fee funded by the Higher Education Authority.
The deadline for receipt of applications is 24 August 2009.
There are also four other Graduate Certificate programmes, in entrepreneurship, information technology, sustainable agriculture, green technologies, or nanobio science. See here.