Elton John backs crackdown on music piracy
Posted in: Online TV/Music at 22/09/2009 23:47
Sir Elton John has come out in support of measures to crack down on music piracy by cutting off the internet connections of persistent illegal filesharers.
In a letter to the business secretary, Lord Mandelson, he said: "I am of the view that the unchecked proliferation of illegal downloading (even on a "non-commercial" basis) will have a seriously detrimental effect on musicians, and particularly young musicians and those composers who are not performing artists."
Elton John backs Lord Mandelson's move to disconnect illegal file sharers
Elton John has become the latest high-profile musician to enter the debate about internet piracy after writing to Lord Mandelson to pledge support for the peer's proposals to disconnect people who persistently flout the law.
The music industry is riven with internal division over the Business Secretary's proposal to suspend the internet accounts of those repeatedly caught sharing music, after an influential group of artists wrote in The Times that the proposals were "grossly disproportionate".