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Brit artists debate UK Government file-sharing plans

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 22 Sep 2009 23:23 User comments (5)

Brit artists debate UK Government file-sharing plans British artists have been commenting on some proposed measures to tackle illegal file sharing of music in the region, with the likes of Radiohead and Annie Lennox being opposed, and Lilly Allen and James Blunt supporting. The debate is about the plan to force Internet Service Providers to punish "repeat offenders" by slowing down Internet connections, issue warnings and eventually cutting off a connection.
The Featured Artists Coalition, or FAC, which touts Annie Lennox, Radiohead and Robbie Williams among its members, is opposed to the plans. "By demanding blanket suspension powers from the government, the industry is in danger of cutting off a promotional tool that is of great use to fledgling artists who seek to create a buzz around themselves yet don't have the financial support of a major label," the group stated.

FAC went on to say that the proposed measures could not be possible without widespread invasion of personal privacy - but don't get it wrong, FAC is opposed to illegal file sharing itself, branding sites that benefit from it as "thieving rascals" that should be prosecuted. Lilly Allen however, disagrees with FAC, and has the backing of James Blunt in doing so.

"The FAC seems to be viewing the government's proposed legislation as an attack on freedom and liberty, but stealing's not really a human right, is it?" she wrote. "The proposal is to look at P2P (peer-to-peer) sites -- which are public anyway -- to identify people who are acting unlawfully, so they can be asked, and then made, to stop. Not really an attack on civil liberties there."

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123.9.2009 12:29

You can call anything "stealing" thereby subjecting it to the law. The law is the law. If the law says that doing "A, B and C" is illegal, then unfortunately there is nothing that can be done. It's just a matter reasoning and discussing the absurdity of why it's illegal and discussing the absurdity of the penalties. Hopefully smart people who can think for themselves will gain some ground on making changes. Since it's apparantley a crime, is it victimless or not? One shouldn't cry victim if one has no proof that they've been victimized.

"Hmmm.....internet file sharing has been on the rise, yet my latest single is selling better than I expected. Curse those fans and the internet file sharers!"

"Hmmm...being a new artist, I didn't expect to do well, but my shows have been sold out and my sales have increased. Curse those fans and the internet file sharers! How dare they spread my music!"

Focusing on how many times your song was shared may stroke your ego, as you then think that all of them love your music and kept it. If someone is just downloading for the heck of it, are they really the kind of person who would be willing to invest time and money into any artist? Is that the kind of fan artists are looking for? A fan that has no face...only a dollar sign. Art should be worth what people are willing to pay. And people who are willing to pay are the true fans that these artists should be playing for.

It will be a sad day when "stealing" a glance is illegal.

End of rant....

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 23 Sep 2009 @ 12:35

223.9.2009 13:25

so real artists are against it and manufactured pop shit ( james blunt) is for it. not a it surprised.

323.9.2009 13:48

Did anyone catch this article about Lilly Allen stealing someones elses work??

http://techdirt.com/articles/20090921/0527456270.shtml

LMAO

And dont get me started on James Blunt, im sure thats the music the suspected terrorists are forced to listen to 24/7, so theyll confess to wrong-doing...

10 minures of James Blunt and id tell them that im Osama Bin Laden...

423.9.2009 13:58
atomicxl
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"By demanding blanket suspension powers from the government, the industry is in danger of cutting off a promotional tool that is of great use to fledgling artists who seek to create a buzz around themselves yet don't have the financial support of a major label,"

They seem to be confused. I didn't read anything that suggested that you can't give away music for free. The only thing I read is that if people are stealing your music (ie getting it illegally to avoid paying for it legally) they will be punished.

523.9.2009 16:12

British music bands they willing to belly up to the music industry is
no surprise since the people they working for will take away they right to have ownership of they own music kind like the people who think file sharing is equal to terrorists shows how corrupt a system can be
file sharing is supporting terrorism butt lobbying isn't hmmm

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