Lily Allen voices opposition to file sharing
September 16, 2009
Lily Allen has hit out at successful artists who support internet file sharing through her MySpace blog. The singer says that she thinks file sharing for the likes of Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien or Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason, both members of the Featured Artists Coalition, might be fine as they are both already incredibly successful. But, she says, new acts will not be able to survive if they cannot sell their music. For new bands Lily Allen said file sharing was a disaster.
The conservatives have just announced that they are opposed to plans by Business secretary, Lord Mandelson to disconnect repeat file sharers from the internet. They say that this will only result in criminalizing young people. The Featured Artists Coalition is opposed for the same reasons. Ed O’Brien says that file sharing is really no different to when he used to tape music that his friends were listening to. He goes on to claim that sharing a file of music will encourage people to go on and buy more of an artists work or go to see them live in concert.
Lily Allen refutes this pointing out that for bands like Pink Floyd gaining access to listeners across new music networks can be a good thing as they have already made enormous amounts of money. However she says that new bands do not have this luxury. She says that she herself has only just managed to pay of the debts she owed to her label. She went on to say that if file sharing is allowed to continue the U.K. music industry will simply be filled with Simon Cowell’s puppets.