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 music industry.
"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.