Music

Music artists stand united on piracy. Which is a little odd as the statement from the Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) today

“Our meeting also voted overwhelmingly to support a three-strike sanction on those who persistently download illegal files, sanctions to consist of a warning letter, a stronger warning letter and a final sanction of the restriction of the infringer’s bandwidth to a level which would render file-sharing of media files impractical while leaving basic email and web access functional.

seems to contradict one from just the day before

“The potential for self-promotion will be severely hampered if every packet of 1s and 0s sent across the internet has to be searched by the Government for “unauthorised” material. We also believe that such Government intervention, and a corresponding power to demand suspensions of accounts, is only achievable through a wide-scale invasion of personal privacy which we believe would result in a dangerous reduction in the rights to protection of the individual. Putting this power in place would reduce the civil liberties of every one of us in the country in order to afford a disincentive threat to a small minority of ‘egregious offenders.’ We believe this would be both disproportionate and unenforceable.
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We remain steadfast in our belief that making threats against individual music fans is not an effective way to resolve any problems associated with file-sharing.”

I’m a little dissapointed in them. Especially as if you look at the mission statement on the FAC site it actually shows they are mainly interested in targetting the music industry about the poor treatment of artists, rather than being that worried about piracy – something which doesn’t seem to get mentioned by the MSM who focus wholly on the piracy side of things.

All this comes after Lily Allen supposedly quit the good fight (and the music business) after Techdirt called her out on her daft arguments and filesharing hypocrisy.

Update:Lily doesn’t run her official website I believe, her label do – but they posted a YouTube vid of her on the Jonathon Ross show back in January which has since been pulled because of a copyright infringement claim by the BBC! Sweet sweet irony.

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