Why we love Lily Allen pt. 4: UK "Artists Back Lily, Call for Three Strikes Law"

Billboard has the story:

“‘We the undersigned wish to express our support for Lily Allen in her campaign to alert music lovers to the threat that illegal downloading presents to our industry and to condemn the vitriol that has been directed at her in recent days,’ said the statement, which went on to call for a three-strikes law that would result in restrictions to persistent offenders’ bandwidth levels to prevent P2P activity….[Radiohead’s] Ed O’Brien told BBC News the meeting was “quite emotional” and said Allen was “extremely brave” to turn up.”She’s taken a lot of flak for what she’s said. What she’s done has been brilliant because she started the process where artists have stood up and said, you know what, there is a consequence to illegal file-sharing,” he said. “In the meeting, we didn’t always agree but we came to an agreement that we thought was good for everyone.”

“Extremely brave” is right. It’s funny how one brave woman can help others find their courage. Or something else they lost. What once was lost now is found by whatever path, and the Brits have passed an important threshold standing together. This development arguably unites the country behind Lord Mandelson.

The statement of members of the Featured Artist Coalition (although not formally issued on behalf of the organization–weird, but I’ll take it) sensibly suggests what will likely be an economic sanction for the third strike (which MTP also favors–see “Return of the Hadopi“) and is a 180 from the capitulationists who seem to have evaporated.