Sony Music UK chief executive Nick Gatfield isn’t impressed by ISPs’ protestations that they can’t block sites accused of copyright infringement. “Broadband businesses are being built on the back of illegal filesharing,” he tells The Guardian. “As high-speed broadband becomes ubiquitous the problem is going to get bigger and bigger. We need site-blocking, and its an incredibly spurious argument for the ISPs to say that they can’t do it because they can do it and they do do it.” Gatfield also criticises the slow pace at which the Digital Economy Act’s notifications system is being introduced. “It’s too slow. It’s onerous, and the lion’s share of the cost … is picked up by the recorded music industry.” He goes on to talk about the need for the industry to get back to a focus on breaking new acts and being “less cynical”, while questioning the role of the album at a time when Sony is signing some artists to track-based deals instead.

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