Harsh measures to curb illegal downloaders have been proposed in the U.K. Repeat offenders may face losing their Internet connections if a new law is passed, and the proposed move has angered many musicians. Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien is the latest star to speak out against the plans.
“It’s going to start a war which they’ll never win,” he said. “It won’t work. It’s as simple as that. I was talking to a serial file-sharer the other day who is a friend. He downloads films and he hasn’t paid for music for six years. I asked his opinion of it and he laughed. He said, ‘Even if they cut me off I’ll still be able to do it.’”
Billy Bragg, Kate Nash and Blur drummer Dave Rowntree have also condemned the idea. Bragg said, “these proposals are in danger of driving young people away from the idea of listening to music. As musicians, we’re worried about that.” Members of the government in the U.K. are currently trying to speed up the decision, which isn’t due to be finalized until 2012.