Scottish rock band Franz Ferdinand has defended people illegally
downloading music off the internet, following the recent
crackdown on the practice.
TAKE ME OUT singer Alex Kapranos has described downloading as "great" -
claiming most music fans will buy the original product anyway.
Kapranos says, "Downloading is a great way to find out about music.
"I'm not going to criticise somebody for loving music. People come up to
me and say, 'I downloaded your album, and I can't wait to go out and buy
The BRITISH PHONOGRAPHIC INDUSTRY (BPI) has recently warned online song
swappers that they will face court action if they continue to download
However, Blur drummer Dave Rowntree has also criticised the new plans.
He argues, "It's so difficult for artists to speak out without pointing
fingers because artists make money from the sale of records and it's seen as if
we want the best of both worlds.
"I'm certainly not saying, 'File sharing is great,' but I also want to
make a living out of selling records.
"What I'm saying is if the BPI wanted to take a stand, then the time to
take that stand was a number of years ago and do it in a kind of inclusive and
grown-up way rather than now posturing and spitting like a bunch of schoolyard
"This will only lead to a bunch of 12 year-olds being taken to court as
happened in the States, which will serve nobody and nobody will make a
The RECORDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (RIAA) has sued hundreds of
music fans sharing their songs over the Internet since September ('03).