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Earlier this week, venerable types like Pink Floyd and Ed O’Brien of Radiohead compared file sharing to home taping – that is an irritant to the entertainment industry but nothing that seriously impacts on its business model.

LILY ALLEN

But Lily begs to differ. She said: "These guys from huge bands said file sharing music is fine. It probably is fine for them. They do sell out arena tours and have the biggest Ferrari collections in the world.

“For new talent though, file sharing is a disaster as it’s making it harder and harder for new acts to emerge.”

It’s surprising and ironic to see someone whose career was built on giving away music for free on MySpace seemingly siding with The Man on this issue. Not least because her success showed that innovative distribution models are the answer to the whole farrago. And were the industry to respond accordingly, notions like expecting broadband providers to claim responsibility would never even have arisen.

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