We reported last week on a new report from the London School of Economics that called for the UK government to abandon plans to punish online pirates, and embrace “inclusive online sharing” instead (Bulletin, 4-Oct-13). Producer and musician Nigel Godrich has professed himself “totally distraught” by the report, explaining why in a series of tweets (while also jabbing again at streaming services). “The recorded music industry has been so decimated by piracy that the only way for artists to survive is by gaining visibility at any cost, which includes allowing piracy itself, or virtual piracy like subscription streaming services, and earning from other means like merchandise or concert tickets, none of which are ‘content’,” he wrote. “That is not an argument for relaxing copyright law..! t-shirts and tickets are nothing to do with ‘copyright and creation’, which is the supposed subject of this document. I hope the government sees how ridiculous this document seems to people who make records. The authors are ‘pro piracy’ and they wish to influence the UK government’s upcoming review of digital copyright law. It’s madness.”

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