I've just read Lily Allen has hit out at pirate downloads - she plays some great music and I even have a cd of hers but she is wrong on this. The singer songwriter, whose father Keith Allen lives in Stroud, has written an article in The Sun newspaper today urging fans not to download music illegally.
She suggests it hits emerging artists particularly hard and that it is a real threat to the UK's standing as the world's best music nation. She says: "If we don't attack piracy - don't defend new artists - British music will be stuck in the past. And illegal file sharing will have ruined British music for the next generation."
Basically, she is saying that by depriving record companies of income, file sharing is threatening the same companies from promoting new bands and singers - and therefore putting budding musicians off right from the start. Not so and there is a clever Youtube below replying to her.
It is great Lily is starting the debate on this again - and it is wrong that she faced so much abuse that she had to withdraw her blog that was debating filesharing - but I disagree with her - any loss of revenue results from the music industry's failure to move with the times. Draconian measures won't stem that loss. Clearly action needs to be taken - the speed and ease of file-transfer makes it an increasingly attractive option compared to conventional shopping. It's the difference between pressing a button and going to the nearest music shop. If the music industry ever hopes to compete with that convenience, it needs to develop both legal and fair means of sharing files. You can see more re the Green party's opposition to moves to end pirate downloads and why it hits the vulnerable here.
However listen to the words of this song...