Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Sir Elton Joins Music Piracy Debate


Sir Elton John has waded into the row over illegal downloading of music, telling the U.K. government the practice will have a "seriously detrimental" effect on the industry.

Senior figures within British music are considering proposals from Business Secretary Lord Mandelson for a crackdown on illicit file-sharing online.

Singer Lily Allen opened up the debate when she attacked the Featured Artists Coalition, a collective of musicians taking a softer stance on illegal downloads.

And Rocket Man singer John has now joined calls for tougher action - writing a letter to Lord Mandelson urging him to force through his proposal.

He writes, "For what it is worth, I am of the view that the unchecked proliferation of illegal downloading (even on a 'non-commercial' basis) will have a seriously detrimental effect on musicians, and particularly young musicians and those composers who are not performing artists."

- Chron

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