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The music industry is battling illegal downloading by suing music fans.

We think this is wrong.

Naturally, record companies want to protect their profits, and they have enlisted top lawyers, publicists and artists to fight their corner.

But there's a revolution going on! Kids today consider paying for music old-fashioned because there are so many ways for them to get it for free. We do not believe there is anything inherently wrong with that.

What is reprehensible is the actions of the giants of the music industry, who are prosecuting defenceless families for what they conveniently call 'piracy'.

The music industry is acting like a 17th Century Puritan on a witch-hunt.

An iPod can store 40,000 songs. Is a kid going to pay 79p per track (31,600) to fill it? Never. They will burn any CDs, then copy their friends iPods, then use file sharing services. Recorded music, whether the music industry likes it or not, will end up being free at the point of listening.

The major record labels aren't stupid. They know this is happening to them, and it has put them in thrall to fear, which is why they're blindly lashing out at the very fans who paid for their ivory towers.

They are accusing kids of depriving them of the money they need to spend on breaking new acts and paying artists. But they don't break acts any more they channel millions into existing acts to generate the mass revenue. Artists can also now get more money than ever from live performances as well as income from radio, TV, sponsorship, ring tones and the list goes on.....

Its now the internet, managers and independent labels that break new acts.

The British parliment has recently established an all-party group to establish how consumers,artists and record companies should be protected in a continually evolving market place. The music industry has made its position very clear. We must ensure that the legislators also know what the public wants.

The public should be free from prosecution for downloading or sharing music.


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