Illegal Supporter Shakira

Shakira "feels closer" to fans to download her music illegally.

The 'Hips Don't Lie' singer has spoken out about the British Government's plans to crack down on file-sharing and claims she supports those who access her tracks without paying for them.

She said: "I like what's going on because I feel closer to the fans and the people who appreciate the music.

"It's the democratisation of music in a way. And music is a gift. That's what it should be, a gift."

'Smile' singer Lily Allen recently blasted Radiohead for their views on illegal downloading.

She attacked the Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) - whose members include the band's guitarist Ed O'Brien - for not considering new artists when voicing their opinion on file sharing.

Lily said: "I think music piracy is having a dangerous effect on British music, but some really rich and successful artists like Nick Mason from Pink Floyd and Ed O'Brien from Radiohead don't seem to think so."


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