The government wants to disconnect people it alleges have been engaging in illegal fileshairing. They say this is to help musicians. But what do musicians say about it? They don’t think filesharers should be disconnected:
A rift has opened between music’s creators and its record labels, with a broad alliance of musicians, songwriters and producers fiercely criticising the business secretary Lord Mandelson’s plans to cut off the broadband connections of internet users who illegally download music.
In a statement seen by the Guardian, a coalition of bodies representing a range of stars including Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John and Damon Albarn attacks the proposals as expensive, illogical and “extraordinarily negative”.
The Featured Artists Coalition (FAC), the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (Basca) and the Music Producers Guild (MPG) have joined forces to oppose the proposals to reintroduce the threat of disconnection for persistent file sharers, which was ruled out in the government’s Digital Britain report in June.
Maybe the government doesn’t really care about musicians, maybe they just care about their rich music industry friends such as David Geffen.