Filesharing is 'a gift'

There has been an awful lot of wailing and teeth-knashing recently about illegal music downloading and the effect it has on both the music industry and young artists, who stay in debt to their record companies until they can pay off the expenses promoting them and making their records incurs. Lily Allen and Glasvegas were the most vocal opposition to naughty bounders who don’t want to pay for music.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the fence we had two members of Rock’s royalty (Thom Yorke from Radiohead and some bloke from Pink Floyd), whose bank accounts are full of lovely wonga and who therefore don’t think downloading music without paying for it is a problem. Well now they have Shakira alongside them in their ranks, who thinks music should be a ‘gift’, not a simple means of extracting money from others in your traditional capitalist style.

‘I like what's going on because I feel closer to the fans and the people who appreciate the music,’ she told Sky News. ‘It's the democratisation of music in a way. And music is a gift. That's what it should be, a gift.’

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