July 25, 2012


Elton John, Brian May, Pete Townshend Blame Google For Music Piracy

Michael Kovac
Michael Kovac

There aren't many forces quite as powerful as the almighty Google, but Elton John might just be one of them. John, along with a virtual who's who of British musicians—The Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant, Queen's Brian May, Simon Cowell and Tinie Tempah among them—have all signed a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, urging him to take action against Google and other search engines claiming the sites aid music piracy by publishing and promoting links to illegal music downloads.

Published by The Telegraph, the letter reads in part, "Competition in the creative sector is in talent and innovation, not labour costs or raw materials...We can only realise this potential if we have a strong domestic copyright framework, so that British creative industries can earn a fair return on their huge investments creating original content." The letter also calls for the Prime Minister to implement the Digital Economy Act 2010, which would help "ensure broadband providers, search engines and online advertisers play their part in protecting consumers and creators from illegal sites." In laymans terms, a bunch of rich musicians think it's wrong they're not making royalties off of their songs. 

What do you think about Elton John and co.'s anti-piracy letter to British government? Do artists need to find new ways to make money or should they be getting paid for every download? Sound off in the comments.