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Musical theatre impresario Andrew Lloyd-Webber has railed against ISPs in the House of Lords for profiting from internet piracy, and urged the government to clamp down hard. In a debate on Thursday, Lloyd-Webber claimed the government's proposed regime to discourage illegal file-sharing will not achieve its aim of reducing …


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  1. Anonymous Coward

    How embarrassing to be caught........

    Sharing Andrew Lloyd Webber Tunes over P2P by Davenport Lyons. I'd pay the £500 no quibble, much less shameful to be accused of sharing Army Bum F......... (you know the rest)

  2. Jonathan

    What is he smoking?

    If we follow his train of thought, petrol garages need to do more to prevent vehicle theft. All vehicles use some form of petroleum sold by petrol garages, and many of them are stolen by inscrupulous individuals, therefore petrol garages need to prevent theft.

    Huh? Yes, ISPs are "used" on the way to piracy. I still dont see why they should be held responsible though. How about the rightsholders use some of the vast amount of money they make to come up with a solution that is fair to customers but blocks pirates. Or come up with a new business model, like they should have done years ago.

    Oh wait, its much easier to put the blame on someone else.

  3. Bod

    Said it before...

    ... and I'll say it again.

    Prove to me that the "losses" due to online piracy are genuine losses. How can you prove that these people would have bought the genuine article if piracy was not an option? I seriously doubt you can.

    Move on and adapt. Like Spotify. People want the perception of free and easy downloads, so give it to them and find a different way of making money. The old concept of paying of a physical product is dead.

    The good that can come out of this is that artists get frustrated by their revenue from the "Industry" and may seek alternative options through independent sources. Many are doing this already, and are finding they get a much greater slice of the pie also.

    The real pirates are the big studios and labels who rip off the consumer, rip off the artists, and then complain when people try to rip them off.

  4. Lionel Baden

    i have read no further than

    Musical theatre impresario Andrew Lloyd-Webber has railed against ISPs in the House of Lords for profiting from internet piracy,

    Because here is another twat talking bollocks

    I dont know anybody who has signed up for internet to download films specifically.

    ISP dont profit from piracy it actually causes a strain on their infrastructure. But if they agree to regulate it they then become responsible for the content making them liable,

    I would never put myself in that position. Especially if i knew that 90% of the traffic will be almost impossible to stop without Major Disruption to all services and cost millions

    Is it that hard for limelight Celeb Smaktards to understand.

  5. David Cherry

    Lies, damned lies, and statistics

    If you look at the figures that ERA ( Entertainment Retailers Association) put out. The percentage change in unit sales 2007/2008 for music is down 1.9% to 88m units, however the the retail value is down by 6.9%. Video unit sales 2007/2008 are up 3.8% and retail value is only up 0.1%.

    Downloads now account for 96% of singles sales (by volume) and as at December 2008 7% of album sales

    So not all bad news for the Entertainment industry, just bad news for the shops that are selling phyiscal units

  6. Anonymous Coward
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    Fuck off Webber.

    Quick everyone! Stop the development of the UK's internet infrastructure, Andrew Lloyd-Webber's business model can't cope with people being able to share data!

  7. Anonymous Coward
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    May I be the first to congratulate you on that great strapline - assuming you didn't nick it from somewhere of course!

  8. alain williams Silver badge

    Webber is speaking out of his bum

    ISPs don't profit from internet privacy -- they have to carry the traffic, it costs them. They would only be profiting if people subscribed to the ISP for downloading music/etc when they would otherwise not have connected to the Internet -- that would be very few people.

    It is however good press to blame your own failing industry on someone else.

  9. Rob Crawford

    I didnt think the over 70 demographic into P2P so whats he worrying about ?

    the wierd faced freak is probably upset that nobody is sharing his bland, obvopus saccharin sweet pap.

    Yeah it's obvious that Lloyd-Webber is a strange jellyfish / alien hybrid

  10. Anonymous Coward


    FFS Stick to making music.

    It always seems the ones who are complaining are just pants at producing decent music.

    Mines the one with a pocket full of seeds.

  11. Chris Richards

    He's right...

    ...the percentage of bandwidth being sucked up by users (mainly teens) illegally downloading copies of the soundtracks to Joseph, Phantom of the Opera and Cats is simply staggering!! Something must be done!

  12. Gerard Krupa

    Musical Decline

    I didn't switch from commercial music to piracy, I simply stopped buying new music because of the shocking lack of talent and originality in the industry. I agree wholeheartedly that the film industry will suffer the same fate because they are suffering the same problem. Every second song is a cover or remix and every second film is a remake or adaptation from a comic or book.

    Mine's the one with "K.I.G's other song is also a rehashed nursery rhyme" written on the back.

  13. Dave
    Black Helicopters

    Yada, yada, yada.....

    "He could foresee a situation in a decade’s time when there would be virtually no orchestral film work. Illegal downloading would so decimate the film industry that orchestral recording sessions would be a thing of the past. In this connection I was reminded that three of London’s main orchestral recording studios have closed since 2000" - How many top 10s did they have? Nobody cares about classic anymore! Every 12 year old wants the collected works of the masters... Twat!

    "My sole objective is to draw noble Lords’ attention to the cataclysmic consequences for all the creative industries if this area remains unregulated." Your sole objective is to earn the ******** from the ******** industry! It already is regulated...Twat.

    “the digital economy underpins our whole economy and builds our national competitiveness”. - so we have more people managing bigger networks to download more instead of playing a violin and thinking that they should be paid as much as a heart surgeon.

    "No, not when there are no longer shops selling the physical products and when the internet has become a sort of Somalia of unregulated theft and piracy." So ban e-commerce as well?

    "But, as we have seen throughout history, and recently in the financial markets, there are dire consequences when people drift down the path of unregulated behaviour." Time for the Clown to start turning us into a Stalinist state and monitoring everything that we do...

    What do you mean they do already?

    Who's that at the door?

    Be right back....................

  14. Smallbrainfield

    I can't stand Lloyd Webber

    Why did they pick such an unctious person as their spokesman? Alongside John Birt as well. It's like they want people to rip off the music industry.

    Note to music industry: send someone sexier next time.

    That point Lloyd Webber makes about delaying investment in faster broadband. Way to win everyone over, nobhead.

  15. Anonymous Coward
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    and yet he says he has no alternative solution

    well kindly shut up then Mr Lloyd Webber.

    The music industry has no-one but itself to blame... SOoooo many tech firms big and small have tried to help them into the 21st century, all to be pushed away by their greed.

    Besides, if i download the sound track to 'Phantom of the Opera', doesn't that increase my likelihood to go and spend the 50 quid plus for a theatre ticket....

    How about some reasonable attitudes from 'rights holders'.

  16. General A. Annoying

    ALW is hardly likely...

    to be suffering much in the way of revenue loss to "illegal file sharing", I'd have thought

  17. Eponymous Cowherd

    Andrew LLoyd W***er

    "Musical theatre impresario Andrew Lloyd-Webber has railed against ISPs in the House of Lords for profiting from internet piracy and urged the government to clamp down hard."

    How clueless is that?

    What next? Claiming BT are guilty of aiding and abetting because they allow crooks to plan their next blag on the telephone? Claiming the Post Office are profiting from crime because they don't do anything to stop stolen goods from being mailed? Or perhaps he would like to accuse the PO of profiting from terrorism when animal rights nutters send letter bombs?

    What a completely and utterly clueless *tit*!

    But then what do you expect from a twunt who can see nothing absurd with sitting on a throne while taking part in an abysmal TV talent show.

  18. Anonymous Coward
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    we must

    We must slow our nations progress so a handful of fat cats can keep their industry!

    Music execs = worse then bankers.

  19. Gareth Davies
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    Copyright holder

    Suing people is unpopular and expensive but as the copyright holder he's the one responsible for enforcement action. As a non copyright holder I have no interest in my money being used to protect his copyrights, it's his problem not mine.

    If he wants me to help pay to protect his copyright then I want unlimited useage rights to the material I'm paying to protect. Fair is fair after all! Ok, so I almost feel sorry for any poor bastard forced to listen to (as Rowan Atkinson once put it) "Andrew Lloyd Webber's latest rearrangement of Mendelsohn's Greatest Hits" but that doesn't negate the point. They're his rights, it's up to him to protect them not me.

  20. Ian Ferguson
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    Silly man

    I work in ALW's field of expertise - musical theatre - and piracy isn't hurting us in the slightest. In fact, it's beneficial to our industry. As people spend less on cinema and recorded music, they are spending more on live music and live theatre.

    We do get the occasional pirate recordings of concerts and shows, but if anything they drive more custom; a poorly filmed recording of Phantom of the Opera from a hand-held camera in the wings is never going to be as similar to the real experience as a pirated film is.

    Frankly, I don't know what he's complaining about. Of course he gets massive royalties from CDs and DVDs, but with his various TV shows, live shows and new scripts, he's not exactly struggling.

  21. Grant Mitchell


    I always thought that ISP's don't like P2P, it consumes a lot of bandwidth, which ultimately the ISP\s have to pay for.

    Is the argument that people only join ISP's to download wares, hence ISP's are making revenue on people who otherwise wouldn't be on the internet (obviously they're not there for the other wonderful uses of the internet, Facebook, porn, email, wikipedia and myspace ;)?

    I think the logic here is somewhat flawed, much like the argument that someone downloading an album they wouldn't buy is costing the record company money (there is still however a morality argument to be had for sure, and the fact that by downloading from p2p, they are perhaps facilitating someone who may have paid for it to download it that little bit faster). While it's dangerous to make assumptions, and generalisations. I'm sure ISP's would like to not pay for p2p traffic and people pay for internet connections for things other than wares.

  22. r
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    Fat cats want to get even fatter

    Millionaire Lloyd-Webber wants more millions. In other news Fred Goodwin is lobbying for tax breaks for pensioners...

  23. Anonymous Coward
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    ISPs "profitting" from peer-to-peer?

    Yeah, like they just LOVE having to provide the infrastructure to support all that extra bandwidth!

    I think you'll find they'd join you Mr. L.W. in wishing all their customers would just stick to light browsing, some Internet, maybe a bit of web radio...

    Can we have a muppet icon please??

  24. g e

    When do you think

    We'll get some poor people complaining ?

  25. Chris Collins

    Frog face

    Mr L-W can rest assured I have no bootleg copies of his works on any device in my possession. Although it's good to see he has branched out into computer science recently and discovered a workable network filtration system. A veritable Adrian Veidt.

  26. Winkypop Silver badge

    Lloyd-Webber's a twat

    "Proposing to legislate to require ISPs merely to write to infringers and leave rights-holders with the near impossible, deeply expensive and hugely unpopular task of suing those who persist is simply not going to produce the required deterrent effect," he said.

    Darn right eh Andrew!

    Let's just cut to the chase and have them all shot!


  27. Anonymous Coward


    Who'd pirate his music anyway?

    People will continue to pirate music one way or the other. Slapping down filesharing will, like the IWF kiddieporn blacklist, simply move people onto other methods and those who are determined to make money from it from selling pirated CDs and DVDs down at the market or car boot will not be put off by any internet restrictions.

    Also none of these people ever ask why people pirate and why the music industry has problems.

    People will pirate stuff if they feel they are being over charged. This is why companies like do such a good business because they are cheap. Some people might still think paying 31p per minute for a 46 year old record is "good value" but most people wont.

    The other reason the music industry has is that frankly most of its output is shit and often the only good tracks on an album are the ones released as singles. So people wont go out and spend £15 on a CD only to find that its only got a couple of good tracks on it.. they've been burned too often by that now to be taken in.

    So people go onto the torrents and they download the CD and find that, yes, most of the album is shit and not worth the money they would have paid for it.

  28. adnim


    Why is this man getting his panties in a bunch? Surely he isn't suffering financially from illegal file sharing.

    I can only assume he has taken this stance to draw attention to himself and his fatuous, inane and sometimes puerile music in the vain hope of getting someone to actually listen to it.

  29. Stef

    Go on then rubber-face

    Sue The Queen!

  30. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    New world order

    Since when have ISP's logs been proof? P2P systems routinely polute their traffic with bogus entries, precisely to make traceability difficult.

    For years I have complained that the media industry has been ripping people off. I complained loudly in HMV a few years ago when my wife bought me a CD of Dark Side of the Moon (I already have it on vinyl). £17 they charged -- SEVENTEEN QUID. Robbing #*%$!

    They have milked the public for far too long. Now the bolt-cutters of technology have removed the outer fence, and their goods are freely available for collection. They still haven't worked out an alternative business model, and until they do those supplies are going to be constantly raided.

    I've no sympathy. And as for Lloyd-Webber -- if BT made £5bn and the music business made £1bn, well I think he needs to retrain. Get used to it pal; the music business gravey train has just hit the buffers!

    [Fascinating how the Internet is churning up society. I wonder what the world will look like in 50 years. And what they think of us.]

  31. Michael

    Simple solution

    New music £5

    6 months or older £3.

  32. MnM

    He went off on one

    I think, where technology is involved, we really must think of the politicians. They are so impressionable. I'm sure Lord Lloyd-Weber is well-meaning, but he's out of touch and indulging himself:

    'It is important to remember as well that pirates are bandwidth hogs who reduce the quality of service and raise costs to legal users. Illegal file-sharing spreads viruses and inappropriate, and unexpected, content for minors. There are even dire predictions that the internet will grind to a halt over the next few years. Dealing with piracy removes that threat.'

    Saw it on the BBC and there it is in Hansard.

  33. Anthony

    3 strikes

    Wish they'd bring that in for politicians.

    The delaying better broadband infrastructure because of file sharing reveals the deep void in understanding that our Government has.

  34. Anonymous Coward
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    wah wah!

    "and leave rights-holders with the near impossible, deeply expensive and hugely unpopular task of suing those who persist is simply not going to produce the required deterrent effect" it's copyright, you tosspot - that's how it works. Just because you a) can't find anyone to sue for downloading your music but b) feel like you should be doing something, doesn't mean that the government has any right to step in to do it for you.

    Go back to Royston Vasey!

  35. Martin Lyne

    How to stop net piracy 101

    It's hard to beat free, right?

    Make it convenient, cheap and DRM free.

    Oh look, people who previously chose to download things becuase they couldn't find them for sale online/had to wait for a DVD with tat attached to be produced/didn't want to buy an online vid that expires after a certain amount of time/didn't want to buy a physical media implementation becuase shit gets broken suddenly start buying stuff.

    I've not bought a load of EA games becuase I don't like shitty DRM, buy games from Steam all the time.

    Let or whatever sell DVDs/Games/Whatever direct to people and you'll make money. Instant gratification encourages impulse purchasing.

  36. Richard Porter

    Blame the messenger!

    Why should ISPs have to do the policing? They're just an easy target for the neanderthal record industry. Would they ask blank CD manufacturers to block the use of CDs for filesahring? Would they expect the Royal Mail to inspect every postal packet for copyright infringing CDs, MDs, cassettes, etc.?

  37. Anonymous Coward

    Yeah right Lloyd-Webber...

    ... that's the reason you're not getting any royalties - everybody is stealing your music.

    Keep telling yourself that.

    The real reason you aren't getting any royalties is your music is plagarised and trite.

  38. Anonymous Coward
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    You can't strangle the UK's tech infrastructure just to solve the problems of a tiny industry.

    To back up my point, I'd like to contrast BT's 2007 profit of £5.78bn with the shrinkage of the entire UK record industry to an annual turnover of less than £1bn.

  39. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Spokesbodies for the record industry

    Feargal Sharkey

    Cliff Richard

    Andrew Lloyd Webber

    Is there anyone in the country who doesn't loathe at least one of that ghastly trio?

  40. bygjohn

    If proof were needed...

    ... of just how broken the music biz's business model is, a few minutes on Amazon UK will demonstrate perfectly how stupid things have become.

    When Amazon's CD costs £10, their download version about £8, yet you can buy the CD (new, and often imported from the US) from a marketplace seller for about £4, who's going to buy the download? Or Amazon's CD either.

    Most of the time you can get the physical product, with uncompressed audio for less than Amazon's MP3s or iTunes's AACs. The only way to get people to use legal download services is to either price things right (eMusic) or make things seriously easy to use for casual purchases (iTunes, now they've dumped the DRM).

    Oh, and Mr Noise-Wibbler should try to buy anything half-way decent music-wise (should he be capable of recognising it, which I seriously doubt...) without the internet. When was the last time you went into a record shop and could actually find any records worth buying? No range, because the shop's full of DVDs and video games, and ludicrous pricing. In our local Zavvi's closing down sale, they were still charging more than Amazon. Pathetic.

    The solution is simple, really. Make music that people want to buy available for purchase at a sensible and fair price, instead of making crap, deleting stuff or charging silly money.

  41. Anonymous Coward
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    For Fuck's Sake

    Here we go again, another multi-millionare still not getting enough and it's sombody elses

    fault Waaaaaaaaahhhh!!! Waaaaggghhhh it's all the ISPs fault, they are not protecting interests

    Gary Rhodes is closing his Dublin restaurant, Antony Worrall Thompson has had to put his company into administration, making 60 staff redundant, Gordon Ramsay is closing one of his restaurants, Paul Rankin has closed his only restaurant in Ireland as well. And there are many more restaurants that have closed that nobody ever hears about because hey are not owned by somebody famous.

    However, has anyone heard one of these celebrity chefs complain that home cooking is destroying the restaurant industry? No, because that have a brain and they realise that it is the ECONOMY that’s causing the downturn in business. The copyright mafia need to Adapt or Die, hopefully they will die, and they won’t be missed.

    Has Mr inside-out face had his head stuck up his own arse for past couple of years, there's a recewssion you pillock, that's why nobody is buying your music. PS, its a bit crap anyway

  42. Anonymous Coward


    It's all a matter of perspectives. Lloyd Webber is miffed because he earns royalties from so many artists - he's earning from artists as diverse as Deep Purple, Elvis Presley not to mention his own work's extensive discography

    If the music industry invested in staying ahead of the technology then there would be no problem. But the fact is that the product has not changed at all in living memory. It may be distributed on a different medium - but in essence, it's the same old 2 track Stereo audio. The movie industry uses sound technologies that are streets ahead of the music industry.

    Indeed the software industry and game industry (also media providers just like the music industry) keep on evolving their products - to build up an excitement.

    There may be excitement when the next big band comes out - but at the end of the day they are not really doing anything different.

    To me, in the modern world, an Album is merely an advertisment for a musical artists. I will pay top dollar to go and see me favourite artists live. Indeed, I would identify a west end musical as good value for money for people who want to go.

    The music industry should be capitalising on the back of the fact there are millions of people downloading music adverts for theire artists everyday. If they gave away the music and weren't so precious about trying to charge people money for listening to the antiquated 2 track technology then they would notice that they could be raking it in from all the other mediums presented.

    But instead, they get there dinosaurs to come up with a policy that counters everything the information age is all about.

    If the music industry thinks that today's generation are just going to start paying for albums - they are mistaken in most cases.

    I am a music lover - in a pre-internet world my income dictated that I could may be an album every other month. There is too much else to spend your money on these days- and on that basis, the music industry will not increase it's revenue no matter what draconian measures are taken. I'll just play more games, or watch more movies - or listen to the countless unsigned artists on the internet that are ignored by the music industry and give away their music anyway in a effort to get noticed.

    And here's the rub - they don't bloody deserve to be in business anyway. I was in a commercial band in London - and I can confirm first hand that Hunter S Thompson's famous quote still rings true: "The music business is a cruel and shallow money pit, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs".

  43. Anonymous Coward

    Song and dance

    Trust Andrew Lloyd-Webber to make a song and dance about it; let's just be thankful he isn't putting it on the West End and charging us for the 'pleasure' - yet.

    On a more serious note, how does the creator of shite musicals manage to get a seat in the House of Lords - he must have made some serious donations.

  44. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Vladimir Putin told Webber that his music was remarkably similar to Prokofiev. One assumes that if Webber has his way that we can expect a copyright infringement case from old Vlad?

    Hands up anyone who has ever downloaded any of his music?


  45. Kevin

    @AC 11:38

    actually you hit it right on the head

    last CD I bought by my favorite artist had 1 good song and 12 I couldn't even get through one listen of and the CD cost $17. His next album that came out I checked the songs the artist had released on his site was like wow their good, than I read a review of the album, turns out the songs that I felt were good and worth me purchasing it weren't even on the damn CD. So I went got a rip of the full CD the songs on the CD were absolute shit and I didn't even listen to any one of them for more than 20 seconds and deleted them cause they were a waste of space.

    Honestly if they want to charge outrageous prices for stuff at least make the stuff semi worth it.

    Same goes with movies last movie I paid to see was Transformers. I felt like I paid $18 to see a 2 hour commercial for Pepsico, Ford, Ebay, and Nokia. Sad part is there has been nothing released in years I felt even worth wasting my bandwidth downloading let alone spend money on to see. Hell I can wait till its on DVD 4 months after its in theaters and rent it for $1 and usually then I don't even feel most movies are worth it.

    To the studios and record companies heres how to stop copyright infringement: Release a product that is worth something. Most "music" (and I use the term loosely) that you produce makes listening to nails on a chalkboard sound like a Beethoven symphony. And to the movie producers the trailers for the damn movies are usually better than the movies themselves, which somehow never have those excellent scenes shown in the trailer in them.

  46. Andy ORourke
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    Modern Tech increases sales

    I can honestly say that I have bought far more music from iTunes than I ever would have if it wasn't available.

    New model : I hear a song, I like a song i splash out the 99p to buy the song. If I'm watching a TV program and they have some music on I like but don't recognise, I "Shazam" it and then maybe watch the you tube video (if it hasnt been pulled to "protect" the rights holder) and then I splash out the 99p to buy it.

    Old model, I hear a song and wonder if the other 9 or 10 on the album are going to be any good, good enough to justify buying an album, figure that nah, probably 1 or two good songs and 8 to 10 filler tracks so I dont buy anything

  47. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Protecting rights - or privilieges?

    No-one, I suspect, begrudges artists a return on their work - but most of us begrudge them the right to become filthy rich with little or no effort. Most piracy is caused by corporate greed. There's always a price below which piracy becomes uneconomic - but that may be too low to keep media and industry figures in Rolls Royces, country homes and trophy wives.

    Come down off your high horse Mr Webber - this isn't about protecting intellectual rights, it's about protecting your already overflowing wallet. If you really believed in intellectual rights, you'd be paying a fortune for your derivative music - music which I for one wouldn't download if it was legally free.

    The internet is here to stay. If the media industry can't get its act together and come up with viable new business models - models that perhaps won't any longer support outrageous profits - then like scribing monks and hand weavers it's destined to disappear.

    But whatever the answer, a media industry waging war on what ought to be its own customer base is an insupportable and intellectually bankrupt response.

  48. A J Stiles

    Close the door behind you, your lordship

    Lloyd Webber is a dinosaur.

    The recording industry only ever existed in the first place because they had access to a technology that, at the time, was not available to all. All that changed forever in 1995 with the advent of the CD-R, and the old recording industry is now unsustainable. Just like you can't sustain an industry around the business model of fitting paraffin lamps to horse-drawn carts. The makers of horse-drawn carts probably campaigned against the motor car, and the makers of paraffin lamps almost certainly campaigned against electrification, but it didn't help them and it won't help these dinosaurs.

    Frankly, I don't give a flying one if the industry does go tits up. It's all boy bands, girl bands, effing/blinding/glorifying violence and former minimum-wage slaves from towns you've never heard of who "won" rigged TV talent shows anyway. What's left will be all about the music, not the money.

  49. chris swain

    Why the fugg...

    ...are our elected leaders even wasting our time and money looking at ways to screw us over?

    'the government's proposed regime to discourage illegal file-sharing will not achieve its aim of reducing such activity by 70 per cent by 2012'

    Is Gordon Brown trying to be a 21st century Canute? (Olde English v. being, I believe, the strangely appropriate Cnut...)

    Tougher laws aimed at pirate bay have just led to the availability of p2p vpn tunelling.

    Why is that purveyor of blue-rinse balladeering even given a job in the lords?

    It's always the long-established, vested-interest types who whinge about the harm being done by p2p, usually the ones with the largest pots of gold. IP laws breed greed and laziness and protect the creatively redundant, they DO NOT engender creativity; that happens naturally in hungry noobs.

  50. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    What an utter loser.

    So Lloyd-Webber complains about file sharing but has no ideas of his own of how to move the subject forward? What a complete spanner.

    He's just prissy because nobody bothers to share the shit he writes, even when it's free. I feel able to make a prediction that if all the world's P2P networks were brought down tomorrow Mr Lloyd-Webber wouldn't see a single extra CD sale.

  51. Dave

    Decline of the Record Industry

    My personal contribution to the decline of the record industry merely reflects that, like my parents before me, I consider modern music to be mostly crap. The fact that I'm not buying CDs or paying for downloads does not mean I'm illegally using P2P networks, it means I choose not to acquire the music at all.

    I suspect that a sensible, legal downloadable music scheme that reflects the current state of the industry in its pricing would probably cut the illegal stuff, simply because it would be legal. Always assuming they haven't missed the boat by trying to suppress the new technology.

  52. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

    What Roger Waters said

    We cower in our shelters

    With our hands over our ears

    Lloyd Webber's awful stuff

    Runs for years and years and years...

    An earthquake hits the theatre!

    But the operetta lingers

    The the piano lid comes down

    And breaks his fracking fingers

    ...It's a miracle.

  53. Steve Coburn

    I actually like...

    Phantom of the Opera... Can I still post here?

    I mainly buy albums, admittedly most of them are compilation of greatest hits, but I have bought a few new ones. I rarely come across tracks I hate. (If you only like one track of an album could I recommend revising your music tastes? I recommend some decent Blues!) I audition the albums using Amazon. If I like the album I buy it and download (if cheaper than the physical CD). If ISPs are forced to revert back to 56k dial up to keep ALW and the 'biz' happy then I'll no longer be able to listen to samples of the albums before I buy and I just won't buy then amy more.

  54. Anonymous Coward
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    That's right, mate...

    You're making tonnes of money and we're making none. How 'bout making sure we can make some by unilaterally screwing your paying customers to the wall. Thanks.

  55. Anonymous Coward
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    . .... Lloyd-Webber's awful stuff.

    Runs for years and years and years. ...

  56. Anonymous Coward

    The man's an idiot

    He should stick to composing tripe and leave anything requiring a modicum of intellectualism to others.


  57. Maty

    ain't it scary

    watching politicians trying to legislate on something they don't know the first damn thing about?

    I do know IT and I can see HM gov making a right horse's arse of trying to control it. I know little about nuclear power, traffic control, or the mechanics of immigration or national defence. It's rather chilling to realize that the muppets allegedly running the show are probably just as ignorant.

  58. Mathew White
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    What's worse?

    I think anyone who voluntarily downloads Andrew Lloyd-Webber 'music' should be locked up.

    Not because piracy is illegal, however.

  59. Chris Bidmead

    All that sucking...

    Conservative Lord Luke [said ]"To sit back and do nothing while online piracy sucks the profitability out of such a productive sector at any time would clearly be irresponsible..."

    Where, oh where, was Lord Luke when the buggy-whip market needed him? And when that bastard Gutenberg sucked the profitability out of the hand-written manuscript market?



  60. Anonymous Coward

    too late

    the movie industry is ALREADY being killed by broadband 'like the music industry' - who needs 10 or 20mb broadband realistically? not that many people - and yet many people get it. why? because then they can download those nice XVid/DivX videos via [any random P2P program] .

    usually their mates set it up for them - this is just one rung up from what used to happen - when their mates gave them a nice DVD copy of the same file each weekend down the pub. you only have to listen when your down the pub on a friday or saturday to hear this exchange occuring.

    however, I'm not condoing this - the movie and music industry need to sort their business model out. when you hear they've made XX million profit at the box office and recouped all movie costs, you wonder why they charge 15 quid for the DVD (production cost 50p) and 20 quid for the bluray (production cost 1.10p) - the movie industry gets three or more bits at the cach cherry. theatrical, disc and TV release (maybe add in Satellite exclusive and commercial (eg airplane rights) and you've got loads of ways). the music industry has the album release which is supported by single releases...and airplay payments. they then have to use tours/concerts to get cash for the band. basically, both industries have to work on ways to maximise profit whilst reducing the cost to the end user - direct sales is ideal - cut out the distributers and sell direct via internet portal system? sell a 'watch X number' type of system - like DVD hire - i download a file. i get to watch it twice, then its not watchable. pay 2 or 3 quid for this. thats another revenue stream. personal copies - the movie has your name embedded in it somewhere etc.

    fundamentally, you know the government will step in. either like the french (3 strikes and you're out), or the swedes - the ISPS give your details to the copyright protection agency. nice.

    however, the UK government dont want they know more than half the BB users will turn off or reduce speed their broadband and that'll make 'broadband britain' look decidedly sh*t.

  61. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Who is lloyd webber?

    And does anyone care?

  62. Codge

    @ Destroy all monsters


    This species has amused itself to death!

    Brilliant album by good ole Roger. Probably his best, although they're all worth a listen...

    I have it on vinyl and CD. Now you've reminded me, I think I'll nip off to isohunt and grab the MP3. I'll be fucked if I'm gonna buy it for a third time.

    ALW. Ferret faced little twat, if ever I saw one. FOAD.

  63. Anonymous Coward

    Arrrrggh Mateys!

    Been pirating for years. Had a few DMCAs over the time because of it. A lot of what is commented here is true. Points:

    - The "big" pirates are people who have not and will never pay for music. So these supposed financial woes are not "losses", they are "never were"s. The smaller pirates will be scared away by a single ISP suspension or threatening letter and are usually just "sampling" potential buys anyways.

    - Your typical pirate knows more about the internet and computers than the people trying to enforce the antiquated laws he/she is breaking. Be it some watchdog hired by a movie studio to rip IPs from torrent trackers, to lawyers flinging their flimsy and unfounded lawsuits about. Every time they think they've got it on lockdown, a new technology that has been underground for 6 months already pops up.

    - There are conflicting ideas in this battle against piracy. The internet is about the open and free exchange of data. Copyright is about restricting said data. The 'right holders' can kick and scream all they want, but they are NOT going to be able to stop piracy on the internet any more than they can make water flow uphill. At most, they can hope to slow it down until it evolves yet again.

    - The amount of money these 'right holders' make is already outstanding. An artist 200 years ago could only dream of making ends meet for his or her work. Now we got these super stars living the high life by packaging and selling the remixed mush of better art to the brain dead masses. The good stuff is free anyways.

    My insane solution: Create an open source software project for a program that can generate the pop crap coming out now-a-days by applying randomness to simple musical theory. I bet the computer will come up with more originals than some of these so-called artists. At that point, their copyrights will be worthless and we can stop giving our ISPs excuses to throttle our bandwidth.

  64. John Bailey

    How the music biz is losing out.

    Pretty simple.

    1) Filler track model not working any more.

    If I can buy a single track for a few pence, why would I pay the full whatever it is for the whole album? Especially when I can preview the tracks before I buy.

    2) Second hand albums easier than ever to get.

    Amazon, Ebay etc. No problem getting an album for a few quid. No money reaches the poor starving artists and the poor recording companies. And if the plod kick in my door, they don't find any bootleg DVDs or dodgy MP3 files.

    3) General annoyance. if the music business is in such dire straits, then how come there are so many multi millionaires? true. Not every musician is filthy rich, but when Andrew Lloyd Bagpuss and Pete Waterman are the designated whiners, it doesn't really do their case much good. Perhaps the talented artists are too busy working to bother with empty PR fluff.

    In truth. The most I have paid for an album in the last few years is about £7 tops. Downloads or CDs. And I don't file share. But the music biz doesn't usually get my money either.

    Mine's the one with the hammer and nails in the pocket.

  65. pctechxp

    He's been stealing from us for years

    This is rich coming from a man who gets the Beeb (read TV tax payers) to fund his search for the next 'star' in his portfolio of garbage.

    I don't doubt he has his nose in the Westminster trough too.

    Shut up and keep writing crap for people with braindead morons with more money than sense Andy

  66. Anonymous Coward

    If he says he has no answers...

    ...then why is he speaking?

    He may like the sound of his own voice, but that doesn't mean we should all have to listen.

  67. Anonymous Coward


    "There are even dire predictions that the internet will grind to a halt over the next few years. Dealing with piracy removes that threat.'"

    NO that problem could be solved by the ISPs not selling more bandwith than they have.

    As for inappropiate content for minors.. comeone you can´t be that daft

  68. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    ... distributing Lloyd-Webber's music (whether by piracy or legal downloads) would be legally the same as distributing malware in any case?

    Hang 'em high!!

  69. Ben Rosenthal

    I'd probably rather be caught...

    downloading CP, than anything by that weird fecker.

  70. Dave Cheetham

    Pirates lies

    Most freeturds use the excuse that they only want to listen to the music before they buy and that is why they don't see anything wrong in downloading. They all come up with the crap that they will go out and buy the song / album if they like it. With Spotify, you can listen free to the whole song/album, almost any song you want as the library grows, legally and decide if you like it.

    Pirate Bay is no longer needed as it is a business model that doesn't return anything to the copyright holder/music artist. Spotify does.

    Why you are so in favour of the "ILLEGAL" activities of Pirate bay and their type amazes me. But then you really do want something for nothing. F***IN FREETURDS!

  71. Anonymous Coward

    only one word to describe mr Webber


    That will be all.

  72. Andi

    Lloyd Webber calls for Clampdown on ISPs

    The poor darling must be all but destitute because of all the commission he's losing. Anybody up for offering him a place on their couch?

  73. Anonymous Coward


    "Lloyd-Webber contrasted BT's 2007 profit of £5.78bn with the shrinkage of the entire UK record industry to an annual turnover of less than £1bn."

    Yes and while at it why not contrast the profit of the supermarket chains with the shrinkage of the entire UK high street grocery store industry? Or the (at least until the financial crisis) the profit of the car industry with the shrinkage of the entire horse cart industry? etc...

    You know - its kind of in the name: "record industry"... Wake up! With very few exceptions - we don't want them anymore!

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