“The fact that file sharing goes on, and is as popular as it is, is an incredibly positive thing for the music industry. The fact is that music is so popular that people are willing to break the law to get it.”

– Dave Rowntree, Blur drummer

Members of the band Blur are involved in the FAC (see our post on the FAC here), advocating artist rights and artist-fan relationships.

Rowntree has also stated:

“We don’t want to make enemies of our fans. The sensible thing to do is to try to see how we can monetise all this file-sharing activity, which is evidence of a lot of interest in music.”

Blur has released a new single available for free download on their website,, along with a statement by Blur’s manager, Chris Morrison, affirming that the motive behind this free download is to avoid illegal file-sharing.

While we at Pirate Verbatim are based around artist commentary before all else, it is worth noting Chris Morrison’s statement on the matter: “I was ambivalent about illegal downloading until someone stuck our record up illegally. It’s not [like taste-testing]. It’s like giving them the whole bloody meal! Piracy could be stopped and I think we should take the gloves off and say it has to be stopped.” He also, however, agreed with speculation that the hype surrounding the Blur album leak could be a positive factor.


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