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How Lily Allen Blew The Music Industry

by | 25th, September 2009

lily-allen16MOST overblown tabloid tale of the day is in the Times, where Patrick Foster and Dan Sabbagh lend their names to the Lily Allen-inspired headline:

Blow for music industry as Lily Allen says Peter Mandelson’s plans too draconian

This would be the same gilded Lily Allen who yesterday “passed the baton” and would no longer deliver her confused and hypocritical comments on music piracy?

We’re less certain as we read:

The industry has been stricken by infighting since Lord Mandelson, the Business Secretary, proposed that the connections of those who consistently flouted the law should be suspended temporarily. Supporters of the plans, which at one stage included Allen, became involved in public arguments with the Featured Artists Coalition, which includes the musician Billy Bragg and members of Radiohead and Pink Floyd.

Too draconian. What they want is his:

“Our meeting voted to support a three-strike sanction on those who persistently download illegal files, to consist of a warning letter, a stronger warning letter, and a final sanction of the restriction of the infringers’ bandwith to a level which would render file-sharing of media files impractical while leaving basic e-mail and web access functional.”

Because pirates use their own addresses and read the mail? But at least the great and good will leave music fans with a mobile phone?

So Lily Allen changed her mind? And then:

A meeting of nearly 100 leading artists on both sides of the debate including Allen and some from the FAC voted last night to call on Lord Mandelson to instead slow down the connections of persistent law breakers, as was suggested in the Government’s Digital Britain report, published in June.

As Allen said:

i wont be attending the meeting because it’s going to be a press frenzy and i don’t want to detract from the issues. i’m proud of the fact that i’ve been involved with this debate but I’m passing the baton on to other artists.

Big news for a woman the Mirror says has retired from music…

Meanwhile, other acts continue to reach new fans on the web…



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