From: Lily Allen
Date: September 24, 2009 1:35:56 AM PDT
To: Bob Lefsetz
I think your piece today is a little unfair. I’ve never said that I side with the majors. And as you state, the website lilyallenmusic.co.uk is an EMI owned website, which I don’t run. They own the copyrights of my songs, they can do what they like with them. You claim to have an in depth knowledge of the music industry, and if this is the case you’ve written a deliberately misleading article. I think that’s a little irresponsible. I’d appreciate an apology. I’m not a hypocrite music , I pay for music that I want to listen to. I don’t illegally download music and haven’t done for about 7 years. Maybe your just trying to get a reaction and for me to publicise your website. That won’t work. Besides It’s unauthorised file sharing that I have a problem with, not record companies giving away music as a promotional tool. you’re piece yesterday was mildly interesting, todays is insulting and I’ll be consulting my lawyers on the matter.
From the Lefsetz Letter:
From: Bob Lefsetz
Sent: Sep 23, 2009 10:34:30 PM
From: Mike Masnick
Subject: lily allen offering pirated mp3s on her own site
A follow up on the whole Lily Allen thing… While she’s out there screaming about pirates and uploaders harming the industry, she is still offering some free “mixtape” mp3s that she created back when she was first trying to get attention, directly off her EMI-owned site:
There’s music from Jay-Z, Jefferson Airplane, The Kinks, The Specials and more…
From: brian a
Subject: RE: Lily Allen Takes A Stand
File-Sharing Heroine Lilly Allen is a Copyright Hypocrite:
Earlier: Lily Allen Goes Bonkers: Quits Music, Shuts Down Blog, Plagiarizes Anti-Piracy Rant, Etc
On Quitting Music
Lily Allen has confirmed that she does not plan to release another album and will not be renewing her record contract. The singer, writing on her blog, It’s Not Alright, said that she would not be renewing her deal with her label, EMI. Earlier this month Allen said she was considering a career in acting following her last live music commitments. She has since taken down the blog.
CHEEKY pop star Lily Allen has become the face of the music industry’s battle against piracy after starting a blog attacking illegal file-sharers. There’s just one problem. While Allen’s down on sharing music, she seems to be pretty comfortable with sharing words.
A post made under Allen’s name on the weekend was a direct copy of an article written by journalist Michael Masnick a few days earlier on Techdirt, with no attribution. The headline, sub-headline and first 135 words of the post are identical to Masnick’s. At the bottom, Allen appended three sentences of her own.
It seems that a few folks misunderstood the point of my post yesterday in joking about Lily Allen’s double standard in ranting against unfair copying while copying blog posts from other sites. And Lily herself appears to be among those people. She’s posted an apology, though, a bit petulantly, starting in all capital letters:
“I THINK ITS QUITE OVIOUS THAT I WASNT TRYING TO PASS OF THOSE WORDS AS MY OWN , HERE IS A LINK TO THE WEBSIITE I ACQUIRED THE PIECE FROM. Apologies to Michael Masnick”
While I appreciate the “apology,” that’s really missing the point. First, the reason TorrentFreak and I both brought it up wasn’t because I was upset about her using the post. As I clearly said in my response, I thought it was great that she wanted to use our post, and I encouraged her to do so. The point, though, was that it was a bit hypocritical of her to be going on and on about how evil it is to copy another’s work without their permission, when she went and did the same thing.
The successes which make up the constituency of the Featured Artist Coalition, coupled with their criticism of the proposed three-strike rule (which recently passed in France) is what first spurred Allen into going public with her opinion on the issue.
From her MySpace post:
“Basically the FAC is saying ‘we’re alright, we’ve made it, so file sharing’s fine,’ which is just so unfair to new acts trying to make it in the industry.
You don’t start out in music with the Ferraris. Instead you get a huge debt from your record company, which you spend years working your arse off to repay. When you manage to get a contract, all those pretty videos and posters advertising your album have to be paid for and as the artist, you have to pay for them. I’ve only just finished paying off all the money I owe my record company. I’m lucky that I’ve been successful and managed to pay it back, but not everyone’s so lucky. You might not care about this, but the more difficult it is for new artists to make it, the less new artists you’ll see and the more British music will be nothing but puppets paid for by Simon Cowell.
And it’s not like there aren’t alternatives to illegal downloads anyway. Sites like Spotify give us access to new music and different music without having to rip someone off – you can listen to tracks and see if you like them before you buy them. Then obviously there’s MySpace, that streams music and helps acts like me get enough fans to convince record companies to sign us up.”