Lily Allen appears to be getting increasingly confused over the whole illegal downloading debate. In September, she claimed she was taking a step back from the controversy and “passing the baton on to other artists” after making a perfunctory attempt at addressing the issue.
Now, Allen is back on topic again, and has been talking about the exchange of her music on burnt CDs. “If someone comes up with a burnt copy of my CD and offers it to you for £4 I haven’t a problem with that as long as the person buying it places some kind of value on my music,” she said in an interview on Key 103.
So, after starting an anti-piracy blog and asking fans to think about how artists “should be able to make a living as well as you too,” Allen is now advocating that people pirate music on burnt CDs and make a profit from them that doesn’t go to the artist. Isn’t that actually worse than filesharing online, where no one stands to make a profit from illegal hawking of copyright material?