Dunstan Bruce, Chumbawamba

"This is about commerce rather than art or integrity. When Metallica's Lars Ulrich said that he was objecting to his art being traded like a commodity, he was lying. What Ulrich was objecting to was his art NOT being traded like a commodity from which he could reap the lion's share of the profits.

"If Ulrich, Madonna and Eminem had never sold any records and were worried about entering a poverty stricken old age, then their determination to stop their music being passed around would be understandable. But what we're seeing is some of the richest popstars in the world making the biggest stink about not being able to screw every last penny from their adoring fans. When Elton John and Paul McCartney start complaining about file sharing, it's difficult to read their statements as anything other than greed. After all, file sharing is hardly going to have an adverse effect on their standard of living.

"And it's hilarious listening to the big record companies bleating on about how file sharing is damaging art," added Bruce. "They wouldn't recognise art or artistic integrity if they bounded over and bit them on the arse. Time Warner's President Richard Parsons recently said that young people no longer buy albums and a generation is growing up with the notion that music should be for free. The real truth is that record companies have been screwing the public for years and they're now terrified that they might lose the odd dollar here and there."

Dunstan Bruce, Chumbawamba

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