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FAC Support Speed Limits for Illegal Downloaders

The Featured Artists Coalition, which aims to campaign on all matters digital and musical, has responded to criticism from Lily Allen which was in turn triggered by a FAC member condemning British government plans to ban persistent illegal downloaders from the web. Lily interpreted the comments as supporting the illegals, and the new FIC statement makes it clear they are against such actions and consider them harmful to the music industry. What they want, the statement outlines, is a three strikes system of increasingly severe letters which, when they inevitably fail, would see the offenders having their bandwidth cut right down, so downloading simply isn’t practical, but answering email and using Wikipedia is. Signatories of this statement include members of Radiohead and Blur. It looks like recognition that the internet is a mandatory part of human communication in the twenty first century.

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