Oh for fucks sake.
I went to the meeting of artists at Air Studios on 24th September. It was great to see that so many people turned out to discuss and come to an agreement on the file sharing issue even Lily Allen was there.
Amazingly after 3 hours of talk everyone agreed on the statement below. I agreed to sign because the decision to restrict bandwidth was better in my opinion than cutting people off.
We the undersigned wish to express our support for Lily Allen in her campaign to alert music lovers to the threat that illegal downloading presents to our industry and to condemn the vitriol that has been directed at her in recent days.
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.
Tim Rice-Oxley (Keane)
Adriano Buffone (Raygun)
Andrew Laidlaw (Lucksoul)
Tony Morrelli (The Fire Escapes)
Jean-Baptiste Pilon (The Fire Escapes)
Mark Headley (The Fire Escapes)
Hal Ritson (The Young Punx)
Tjinder Singh (Cornershop)
David Rowntree (Blur)
Ed O’Brien (Radiohead)
Alan Sharland (The Hoosiers)
Martin Skarendahl (The Hoosiers)
Steven Hogarth (Marillion)
Mark Kelly (Marillion)
Sam Duckworth (Get Cape Wear Cape Fly)
Ross Millard (The Futureheads)
Fran Healy (Travis)
Nathan Taylor (The Young Punx)
Ali Howard (Luckysoul)
Lucy Pullin (The Fire Escapes)
Lily Allen (Not a Member of the FAC)