The 'It's STILL not alright’ debate continues

In light of the recent blog debate started by the UK artist Lily Allen and then being taken down. I have decided to take up the helm here and reinstate the debate to continue.
It is STILL not ok for someone to illegally share and freely distribute an artist song file without the artist OR label agreeing to do so. illegal file sharing is no different to dubious recording company practices reportedly ripping off an artist.

I have added a rule to the debate

Those who agree/disagree please write your views on this blog freely
Those who don’t agree/disagree simply make a point rather than abuse this blog insulting anyone who might just agree/disagree with the management of artist and industry media assets online.

I (and wider UK creative industries) CANNOT sit by and dumbly support non-consented wholesale theft and viral distribution, sharing or diffusion of created goods for FREE by unauthorised individuals with no vested interest in an artistic career ever developing long-term. The UK creative industries cannot allow unauthorised leaks or P2P file sharing without prior consent.

For those struggling with this view I give TWO simple analogies on this renewed blog debate:

1. High Street Banks do not allow unapproved credit or spending on accounts and then sit by watching the individual then claim more rights than the bank itself for not previously providing those funds. Their accounts would simply be instantly shut down for smaller sums than 1,000 -10,000 stolen files of value. I hear no one complaining about that issue at all...except on bank charges! (fines for unauthorised take)

2. I should also be able to determine the ‘FREE’ right to take the keys to your house or car and I will share it with others for an undetermined amount of time at your OWN cost. Surely that’s ok, as well?

I hope the anti-file sharing debate now continues and appeals to those who like me and many, many good people on the previous Lily Allen blog might have another realistic valuable view against digital management, theft and illegal and non consented online distribution and sharing.

The BIG POINT HERE is NOT 'Sharing', it is the point about the importance for ANY artist and label deciding when OR if a song file can or cannot be shared and distributed and not 'careless' illegal file sharing and distribution without consent and taking valuble earnings away from the artist before they can tour, especially impacting on the new breed of DIY artists.

The ‘STILL not alright’ debate continues below with the opening post.


Friday, 9 April 2010

Digital Economy Act becomes law (former DEB)

Well done to all at UK Music for efforts and the Parliamentary time constraints imposed upon the DEB Bill...which is now Law and now known as the Digital Economy Act. Any pending new Gov't is now obliged to acknowledge this act, though further amendments and details might be debated.
The Former DEB Bill went to the House of Lords for final Act approval within hours of parliament officially ending yesterday April 8th 2010.

The entire Act is worded here

What you need to know

Further News is live updated here

Reports here

Excellent start!
(Meanwhile I'm still waiting for someone (anon) to come back to me with a legal rep stating file sharing is legal and not theft on this blog 6 months ago...I did say it would be a long wait!

Saturday, 14 November 2009

The death of the music industry graph 2009

Forget stats..just look at these images representing the retrospective declines

This is also an interesting article , if true on the ground, the trend  to not illegally share is increasing, which is helpful support on longer term aims.

Friday, 13 November 2009

online news

weekly  updates


Previous detailed reports/stats above

It's STILL not alright...stats/updates of effect

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Blog maintenance

We will be unable to continue to personally answer ALL daily blogposts due to other commitments as from 8.11.09. However, the public debate continues, and we will maintain the blog site and links weekly. Thanks.

Saturday, 31 October 2009

illegal unauthorised file sharing IS NEVER OK

Explain why you think illegal unathorised file sharing IS NEVER OK, without the Artist/label firstly deciding any song/album file should be given away to the public.