Allen responded to the Times UK article via a MySpace blog post on file sharing, which calls out Team File Share. Patrick Wolf then posted a response to Allen’s blog. Muse’s Matt Bellamy later emailed Allen his thoughts, which she promptly posted. Bellamy suggested setting up “a meeting with Lord Mandelson as he is on this issue at the moment, I’m sure he would meet us for breakfast!”
Team Anti-Pirate Lily Allen: “Last week in an article in the Times these guys from huge bands said file sharing music is fine. It probably is fine for them. They do sell-out arena tours and have the biggest Ferrari collections in the world. For new talent though, file sharing is a disaster as it’s making it harder and harder for new acts to emerge.”
Patrick Wolf: “…in the early 2000’s it seemed likely [that I would be able to afford a house] but file sharing means that most musicians will probably just make ends meet their whole life now and most musicians dreams will have to be put aside for need for part time work and doing the odd gig and free download only single made on garageband.”
Matt Bellamy: “Broadband makes the internet essentially the new broadcaster. This is the point which is being missed . . . usage should have a value. Someone who just checks email uses minimal bandwidth, but someone who downloads 1 gig per day uses way more, but at the moment they pay the same. It is clear which user is hitting the creative industries and it is clear which user is not, so for this reason, usage should also be priced accordingly. The end result will be a taxed, monitored ISP (internet service provider) based on usage which will ensure both the freedom of the consumer and the rights of the artists . . .”
Bjorn Ulvaeus: According to Allen’s blog post, Ulvaeus has also spoken out against file sharing. He is also in the photo for moral support.
Where do you stand on the issue? Are you Team File Share or Team Anti-Pirate? When was the last time you bought a CD?
Update: Prefix reports that Allen has started an anti-piracy blog called It’s Not Alright; it features contributions from Bellamy, James Blunt, and Natasha Khan from Bat for Lashes.