Musicians Call for Crackdown on Illegal File Sharing
Some of rocks heavy hitters have added their names to a letter
which will soon be on its way to David Cameron asking the
government to crack down on illegal downloading.
Former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant, Brian May from Queen,
Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend & Sir Elton John are some of the
names who have called for action on the illegal downloading
and distribution of music.
The letter, which will be sent to PM David Cameron next week and
has already been sent to The Daily Mail, also highlights the role
that search engines such as Google plays in giving people the
access to illegal copies.
Search engines should "play their part in protecting consumers and
creators from illegal sites," the signatories say . Adding that
broadband companies and online advertisers need to take
responsibility and do more to prevent piracy.
The musicians are claiming that the UK economy could be boosted if
stronger copyright laws were introduced, protecting the fledgling
music industry and they believe that the Digital Economy Act 2010
must be implemented. This would then force service providers,
search engines and online advertisers would have to protect users
from illegal sites.
The letter also states that the London Olympics will create a new
global attention on Britain's creative industries, and argues that
the country is in the position to increase its exports from the
"We can realise this potential only if we have a strong domestic
copyright framework, so that UK creative industries can earn a fair
return on their huge investments creating original content," the
signatories say, calling for illegal activity online to be "pushed
to the margins".
They add: "The simplest way to ensure this would be to implement
swiftly the long overdue measures in the Digital Economy Act 2010
and to ensure broadband providers, search engines and online
advertisers play their part in protecting consumers and creators
from illegal sites."
In New Zealand the government have started issuing £8,000 fines to
people caught illegally downloading three times or more, and the
number of illegal downloads has reportedly halved.