Lily Allen ‘Quits Music’ After File-Sharing Dispute

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Lily Allen has given up her fight against illegal file sharing and says she has quit the music business altogether after announcing on Twitter that “the abuse was getting too much”.

This week, Allen launched a blog, “It’s Not Alright”, in which she slammed illegal downloading and threw her support behind plans by the British Government to disconnect music pirates from the internet.

Some of Britain’s biggest musical stars – under the umbrella of the Featured Artists Coalition – had rejected the plan as being too draconian but Allen had the opposite view, saying file sharers were “cutting off income at the most crucial, cash-strapped point in [new artists’] careers”.

However, she was soon mired in a copyright stoush of her own as a technology blog, Techdirt, accused her of reproducing parts of one of its articles on her blog without attribution.

Techdirt also claimed that she illegally distributed mixtapes of other people’s music for free on her website, saying: “It seems quite hypocritical of Ms. Allen to claim that file sharing is somehow evil and destroying the industry when she appears to be an active participant and used it to promote herself.”

Allen apologised for inadvertently using Techdirt’s words, saying she wasn’t trying to pass off its words as her own.

She also wrote on her blog: “I made those mixtapes 5 years ago, I didn’t have a knowledge of the workings of the music industry back then.”

Techdirt said Allen was missing the point, which was that today’s technology made it easy for people to infringe someone else’s copyright while believing they were doing a fair and reasonable thing.

“When it’s natural and easy for people to copy like that, it’s time to learn to accept it and use it to your advantage,” Techdirt wrote.

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  1. Erica Valcourt

    September 28, 2009 at 9:36 am

    Sad, Lily’s such a talented artist. The music industry is definitely CHANGING..

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