portrait of this blog's author - by Stephen Blackman 2008

Monday, July 30, 2012


I should prolly point out that those of you familiar with my sources of download files that you will not be able to down load anything from my pages as I have been banned outright for sharing copyright infringement for more than three items. I have appealed this but am not holding my breath! Interesting really when I tried to close my account they ask why I want to leave!
Well 4Shared you have BANNED me that's why!

I don't understand quite why they take such a draconian & entirely punitive action I have ALWAYS been explicit that I DO NOT EVER SHARE files that are commercially available. I have always been clear in stating that if anyone finds I have posted such things unknowingly I am always happy to remove said items without such people resorting to threats of legal action but of course this doesn't generate any money! Well frankly I am skint and if you wish to take me to court you are not going to make a centime!

Mediafire have today asked me to take down the 'Bob Dylan and The Grateful Dead unreleased material' boot and I have dutifully removed it.....this looks like happening more and more people so the Swappers vaults may well be inaccessible soon....I am looking into alternative means but it doesn't bode well to those of us who resolutely believe that the free sharing of boots (i.e non-commercially available material) actually PROMOTES SALES!


or rather wait for the day that tumbleweeds hurtle across the 'blog that nobody reads'........ :o(

anyone with any advice as to how to get round this Brain Police activity I would welcome your thoughts and advice. I have, as I say, never shied away from letting folk know EXACTLY what it is that I share and this is merely material I FOUND ELSEWHERE on the t'internet!? Go figure! as my Amerkan cousins would have it!?

"Stay cool won't you?" Sir Stanley Unwin

Saturday, July 21, 2012

  For Stephen…..today

Friday, July 20, 2012

Stephen working on Cement Garden from Catalina Blackman (courtesy of the Director Andrew Birkin)

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Stephen Blackman
1957 - 2012

For Stephen................. 

Rest easy now, my friend

....and another lovely tribute here from his professional pals over at Slim Pictures....a slide show of wonderful portraits of Stephen with a touching soundtrack of his beloved Bob Dylan singing 
'When I Paint my Masterpiece'.........


Sunday, July 01, 2012

 A note that some of the 4shared items may not be available either now or forever!

We have received a notification that certain materials you posted on the 4Shared website as described below infringe upon someone else’s copyright:

Please note this item was removed forthwith from 4 shared site Apologies to all you Neil Young folk out there.........

Access to the material complained of has been temporarily disabled or such material has been removed. In addition, the public sharing function for your account has been disabled. For instructions on how to dispute the copyright infringement claim, please read the section titled Counter Notification Requirements below. For instructions on how to re-activate your sharing function, read the section titled Re-activation of the sharing function of your account at the end of this letter.

In accordance with 4shared’s Copyright Policy, to which you are bound by virtue of agreeing to our Terms of Use, your account will be terminated and your access to 4shared services permanently banned following three instances of copyright infringement. Unless you respond by counter notification and successfully dispute the copyright owner’s claim, this will be considered your FIRST instance of infringement under the three-strike policy.

Counter Notification Requirements
If you do not believe that such materials are infringing and wish to have access restored, please provide a counter notification containing the following information to 4Shared Designated Agent for Notice of Claims of Copyright Infringement (“Designated Agent”) as set forth below:
1) Identify the material that was removed or disabled, and the location where it appeared before it was removed or disabled;
2) Declare under penalty of perjury that you have a good faith belief that the material at issue was removed or disabled as a result of either mistake or misidentification of the material to be removed or disabled;
3) Provide your name, address, and telephone number;
4) Provide a statement that you consent to the jurisdiction of the federal district court for the judicial district in which your address is located, or if your address is outside of the United States, for any judicial district in which 4Shared may be found, and that you will accept service of process from the person who provided the notification or an agent of such person.
5) Provide your physical or electronic signature.

Such counter notification must be sent via e-mail to our Designated Agent at dmca_agent@4Shared.com.

 and a reminder that like Big O I was served to remove certain Dylan items:

A number of Bob Dylan tracks are no longer available for download.
DMCA Request : Please cease Infringing Activity / remove Infringed
Title(s) from Infringing File Location(s) ASAP : thank you.
Deborah Sykes
for and on behalf of
2 Queen Caroline Street
London W6 9DX
United Kingdom