British musicians back 'three-strikes' rule for illegal filesharers
Posted in: Online TV/Music at 26/09/2009 12:50
The music industry moved last night to heal a rift over illegal filesharing as artists including Lily Allen, George Michael and Sandie Shaw voted to support a "three-strikes" rule that would see online pirates have their broadband connections constrained.
After a three-hour meeting in London, the Featured Artists Coalition, which emerged as a breakaway lobby group in the summer, backed the government's proposed introduction of "technical measures" to combat the rising tide of copyright theft. If they ignore two warning letters, persistent illegal filesharers should have their broadband connections throttled "to a level which would render filesharing of media files impractical while leaving basic email and web access", according to a statement after the meeting.
Squeeze file-sharers, stars say
Pop star Lily Allen has joined almost 100 other British musicians at a heated three-hour debate to discuss how to tackle illegal music downloading.
The meeting was called after a public dispute among artists over whether serial file-sharers should be punished.
The attendees agreed perpetrators should not have their internet accounts suspended, as ministers have suggested.